First two Muslim women elected to US Congress: networks

Glen Norman
November 8, 2018

"I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah", Omar, who also won her election, said on Twitter.

Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 60B, Minneapolis.

Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress. Minnesota state data showed Omar winning by a large margin, and MI media reported that Tlaib had won.

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is seen after voting during midterm election in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 6, 2018. A proud Palestinian, Tlaib has also been an advocate for Palestinian rights and is an outspoken critic of Trump.


"Regardless of whether we win or lose, this gets to shift the narrative of what is possible", she said.

Republicans who charge that the Democratic Party has departed from its pro-Israel bona fides point to Tlaib and Omar as proof.

While she said there will be opportunities for Democrats to find compromise with President Donald Trump on some issues, such as infrastructure, she added, "there is a real opportunity for us to make that sure that we have a Congress that does its job".

Rashida is also the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress.


Tlaib, a single mother and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was also the first Muslim woman to be elected to Michigan's Legislature, where she served from 2008 to 2014.

She has become "a source of pride for Palestine and the entire Arab and Muslim world", her uncle Bassam Tlaib told Reuters on Tuesday.

And regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.


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