Today we celebrate Ilhan Omar who has made history becoming first Somali American, and first refugee ever to be elected to Congress. Omar, together with Rashida Tlaib, also become the first Muslim congresswomen.
Voters in Minnesota and MI on Tuesday elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war and a Detroit-born Palestinian-American. Along with being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, Omar is the first Somali-American elected to the post.
Tlaib, 42, also has a history of breaking barriers: In 2008 she became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature.
- Vox (@voxdotcom) November 7, 2018Congratulations to Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American elected to U.S. House.
Keith Ellison was the first Muslim to win a seat in Congress.
Omar's family fled Somalia in 1991 due to civil war.
She has become "a source of pride for Palestine and the entire Arab and Muslim world", her uncle Bassam Tlaib told Reuters on Tuesday.
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Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot.
Georgia governor's race candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, and Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum was bidding to become the first black governor of Florida.
Rashida Tlaib is the Detroit-born daughter of Palestinian immigrants -the eldest of 14 children.
Democrats took control of the lower house of Congress, but the U.S. president escaped a feared "blue wave" as his Republicans bolstered their Senate majority.
Some analysts who have closely followed Washington politics say Tuesday night's election outcomes are unsurprising.
Researchers found that people identifying as Republicans were most likely to hold negative ideas about Islam and Muslims.