Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Muslim women make U.S. history with congressional wins

Muslim women make U.S. history with congressional wins

"Yes, you're going to have to learn how to say our names", she is quoted by HuffPost.

Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress.

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is seen after voting during midterm election in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 6, 2018. "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".

Her victory Tuesday in Minnesota's 5th District also makes her one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, along with Democrat Rashida Tlaib, who won a Detroit-area seat.

Omar, 37, made history in 2017 as the first female Muslim and first Somali-American legislator in the USA when she was sworn in as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

The oldest of 14 children, Tlaib was born to a family of Palestinian immigrants in Detroit, where her father worked at a Ford Motor Co plant. Born in Mogadishu and came to the USA in 1995 at 14-years-old.

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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.

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.

The Palestinian-American won the Democrat primary for the seat in August with around a third of the total vote share. The other was Rashida Tlaib, of MI.

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

And regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.

Omar said President Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to get in the race.

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