Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

First ever Muslim women elected to US House of Representatives

First ever Muslim women elected to US House of Representatives

"I did not expect to come to the United States and go to school with kids who were anxious about food as much as I was anxious about it in a refugee camp", Omar said in an interview last month.

Omar will succeed Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, who was elected as Minnesota's next attorney general on Tuesday.

Ilhan Omar won the U.S. House race in the 5th Congressional District.

The 42-year-old Tlaib is a Palestinian-American. In 2016, she was elected a Democratic Party member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, making her the first Somali-American legislator elected to a public office in the United States.

Tlaib is also considered a Democratic Socialist.

Back in August, Tlaib told about a time during her campaign when a young Muslim woman came up to her, saying she had to win to prove Muslims belong. Her parents were both born in Palestine.

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Tlaib supports the anti-Semitic BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement against the state of Israel, which seeks to delegitimize and eventually extinguish the Jewish state.

She attributed her success to her district's decision "to use the politics of joy, and vote with our warm hearts, even though it's a cold state".

Democratic candidate for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District Sharice Davids speaks to supporters during an election night party on November 6, 2018 in Olathe, Kansas.

She also recognized Michigan's Rashida Tlaib who is also Muslim for winning.

On the program, she expressed hope that she and the new Congress, with a Democratic House, can serve as a check on the administration of President Donald Trump. Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress.

But the president escaped a feared "blue wave" as his Republicans bolstered their Senate majority after a polarizing, racially charged campaign.

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