Muslim women elected to US Congress for the first time

Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar

She won the Democratic primary on August 14, 2018 and contested the election on a party ticket.

Tlaib, Omar join other women of colour who won big on Tuesday night; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress, and Ayanna Pressley became the first black congresswoman in MA.

American voters have made history by sending two Muslim women to Congress for the first time.

Tlaib is endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, a burgeoning left-wing group that also counts New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among its members.

She made history in 2008 by winning a seat on the Michigan Legislature, becoming the first Muslim woman to do so.

Omar and Talib are among 100 or more Muslims who ran for office in 2018, an unprecedented surge in political engagement for a community targeted by policies meant to keep them on the sidelines. After the start of the civil war in 1991, she and her family fled Somalia and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is seen after voting during midterm election in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 6, 2018.

Rashida is also the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress.

The Minneapolis woman campaigned on policies embraced by the Democratic Party's most liberal wing: universal healthcare, free college tuition and robust public housing.

Tlaib, 42, was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

The former state representative also ran on a liberal platform, backing Medicare for All, immigration reform and a call to overturn Trump's executive order banning most people from five Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. Tlaib actually campaigned with Omar ahead of the latter's primary race earlier this year. That may force her to resign from Detroit City Council to do so.

A total of 239 women were on the ballot for the midterms. "Yes, we marched outside the Capitol, but now we get to march into the Capitol", she wrote on Twitter this morning.

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