First two Muslim women elected to US Congress: networks

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

Last night, Omar and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress. Ellison himself was the first Muslim elected to Congress more than a decade ago. Tlaib actually campaigned with Omar ahead of the latter's primary race earlier this year. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah".

She added: "I think people don't realise just how much of a roller-coaster it is and its happy chaos right now". After moving to the the of 12 as a Somali refugee, Omar told TIME she grew a love for politics that was inspired by her grandfather, who loved the idea of democratic governments.

Tlaib, a Palestinian American, will take over the seat vacated by former Rep. John Conyers.

Asked what she would say if she has a chance to come face-to-face with Trump soon, she said "I would say that he is faced with an opportunity to lead".

Omar was leading with more than 80% of the vote when the Associated Press called the race for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District at 8:33 p.m.

Fresh off of becoming the first Somali-American elected to Congress, Ilhan Omar said Wednesday that she's still enjoying being known for her firsts.

Republican runner up for the fifth congressional House seat in Minnesota Jennifer Zielinski gives her concessionspeech on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Double Tree in Bloomington. Omar was born in Somali capital Mogadishu, where she lived until the early 1990s when her family was forced to flee the country's civil war.

MA will also get its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee are set to elect their first female senators.

During her her campaign she pledged to secure a $15 minimum wage, stopping cuts to welfare programmes, such as Medicare and Social Security, as well as preventing tax relief to large corporations. But the Republicans have tightened its hold on the Senate with 51 candidates so far winning seats.



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