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Somali Refugee, Palestine Immigrant: First Muslim women in US Congress

Nov. 7, 2018 11:38 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 9, 2018 3:35 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The United States 2018 midterm elections were marked as a historic election night for Muslim-Americans, as two Muslim women were elected to the US Congress.

Both women, Rashida Tlaib, 42, the daughter of Palestinian refugees, and Ilhan Omar, 37, a Somali refugee, are both Democrats and outspoken advocates of minority communities.

Rashida Tlaib won in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, a victory that made her the first Muslim female to be elected to the House of Representatives.

Following her state's primary election victory in August, which set her to become the first Palestinian-American woman in congress, Tlaib said "It just shows how incredibly wonderful our country can be."

Similar to Tlaib, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, won the House seat succeeding Keith Ellison, who was himself the first Muslim congressman.

Omar, in addition to being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, will also be the first Somali-American member.

Tlaib congratulated Omar via her Twitter account after her primary victory saying, "I can't wait to walk onto the floor of United States Congress hand in hand with you. So incredibly proud of you."

Omar posted a tweet on her Twitter account, addressing her supporters, which read "Today is about more than winning, it's about building a coalition to fight the politics of fear and scarcity. I'm a legislator, a refugee and a working mom. I'm ready to organize for the America we deserve."

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