First ever Muslim women elected to Congress following U.S. mid-term elections

First ever Muslim women elected to Congress following U.S. mid-term elections

"The first woman of color to represent our state in Congress, the first woman to wear a hijab, the first refugee ever elected to Congress and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress". Multiple outlets have called the race.

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district.

Keith Ellison was the first Muslim to win a seat in Congress.

The Democrat lived at the Daad refugee camp in Kenya for four years and could not even speak English at the time she relocated to the US.

On Tuesday evening, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were elected to the House of Representatives, making history as the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress.

As of 9:46 p.m. on November 6, media outlets have also declared Andy Levin, Debbie Dingell, and Brenda Lawrence winners in their respective U.S. House races.

The Palestinian-American Muslim ran under the Democratic Party, having previously served six years in the state legislature.

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Tlaib's relatives in the West Bank village of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa greeted the news of her election with a mixture of pride and hope that she would be able to take on a U.S. administration widely seen as hostile to Muslims and the Palestinian cause.

She also recognized Michigan's Rashida Tlaib who is also Muslim for winning.

Omar was born in Somalia fled with her family after the country's civil war broke out in 1991. In an interview with CBS Wednesday, the newly elected congresswoman said she plans on embracing refugees.

Both Omar and Tlaib were endorsed by Democratic Socialists of America, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party that counts among its high-profile members another rising female star - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

On Tuesday night Democrats won control of the House, delivering a major blow to Trump in the first election since he became president in 2016.

Researchers found that people identifying as Republicans were most likely to hold negative ideas about Islam and Muslims.

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