Published: Thu, November 08, 2018

Muslim women make history with wins in Michigan, Minnesota

Muslim women make history with wins in Michigan, Minnesota

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.

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

In 2016 the one-time refugee became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature in the US when she won a seat in the Minnesota House from Minneapolis, which has a large Somali community.

Omar, a Somali-American was once a refugee, while Tlaib is the first Pakistani-American woman in congress.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor.

Tlaib, a Democrat from Detroit who is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, ran unopposed in Michigan's 13th Congressional District to become one of the first Muslim women in Congress as well.


Tlaib is also considered a Democratic Socialist.

Talking to media outlet, Rashida Tlaib said: "The first thing I think about when somebody says you're going to be the first Muslim is celebrate this moment". After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the USA when she was 14.

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.

Some analysts who have closely followed Washington politics say Tuesday night's election outcomes are unsurprising.

Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot.

America's first openly gay Governor, Jared Polis was elected to take the helms of Colorado, while Sharice Davids, became both the first Native American congresswoman and the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas. She has said she would vote to impeach President Donald Trump if given the chance.

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