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Rashida Tlaib is first Muslim woman elected to U.S. Congress

Rashida Tlaib is first Muslim woman elected to U.S. Congress

The oldest of 14 children, Tlaib was born to a family of Palestinian immigrants in Detroit, where her father worked at a Ford Motor Co plant.

In August, she emerged as the victor of a Democratic primary for a seat vacated by John Conyers, a longtime liberal lion who stepped down in December amid sexual harassment allegations and failing health.

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

Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib are also the first Muslim women elected to Congress. 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.

Who are Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar?

They will join a record number of women in Congress.




"I'm Muslim and black", the hijab-wearing Omar said in a recent magazine interview. "I couldn't sit on the sidelines", she said. After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the US when she was 14. Eventually, she learnt the language by watching television. She supports free college education, housing for all, and criminal justice reform.

During her campaign, Omar focused on single-payer health care, gun control and immigration.

Ilhan Omar, a mother of three, was elected to the House for Minnesota.

"Strong, Resilient, Indigenous", reads the t-shirt worn by Davids in one of her campaign ads for election in the state's 3rd congressional district, which includes Kansas City and its southern suburbs. She is also the first Somali American to win election to national office, according to CNN. Her election comes during a presidential administration seen as fanning anger against Muslims and enacting anti-Muslim policies.

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. "Yes, we marched outside the Capitol, but now we get to march into the Capitol", she wrote on Twitter this morning.

In California's 50th district, Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Palestinian-American who spent part of his childhood in Gaza and whose father served in the Palestinian Authority, was in a close race with incumbent Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, early results showed.

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