Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim Congresswoman: Ilhan Omar set to follow

Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim Congresswoman: Ilhan Omar set to follow

Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim Congresswoman: Ilhan Omar set to follow

She was born on July 24, 1976, to working-class Palestinian immigrants in Detroit and is the eldest of 14 children.

In 1995, they emigrated to the United States, initially settling in Arlington, Virginia and then moving to Minneapolis.

Last night, Omar and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress.

Rashida, who is associated with a socialist group within the Democratic Party, is also very popular in this constituency.

MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators. In an emotional speech following her historic election, Tlaib paid tribute her Palestinian roots. She will be the first hijab-wearing member of Congress.

"I chose to run because I was one of many people I knew who really wanted to demonstrate what representative democracies are supposed to be", she said. She arrived in the U.S., aged 14, after fleeing civil war in Somalia. Eventually, she learnt the language by watching television.

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Omar has forged a progressive political identity.

The two women were among a record number of Native Americans who ran in the midterm elections for congressional seats, governor's offices, state legislatures and other elected posts. She campaigned in favor of single-payer health care, tighter gun control and more inclusive immigration policies. Although her election was officially announced on Tuesday, she was elected unopposed as no one came forward to challenge Rashida in another deeply Democratic district. In an interview with CBS Wednesday, the newly elected congresswoman said she plans on embracing refugees. She ran for lieutenant governor and served one term as the state party chair.

If Jones wins the special election, which she is expected to because there are no Republicans running against her, she will only serve about 7 weeks in Congress.

The Democrat lived in the Kenyan refugee camp till the age of 12 when she moved to the US.

No Republicans were on the ballot in the heavily Democratic district, which represents parts of Detroit and some suburbs.

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