Muslim women make history with wins in Michigan, Minnesota

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Although Muslim men have been elected to Congress before, Ilhan and Rashida are the first Muslim women to represent Americans in the US House of Representatives.

"The first woman of color to represent our state in Congress, the first woman to wear a hijab, the first refugee ever elected to Congress and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress".

According to Guardian, winners of seats in the House include Latina congresswomen from Texas, the Democrats' Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, while Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI will be the first Muslim congresswomen. The 36-year-old moved to America at the age of 12 as a refugee from Somalia.

She shared: "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".

She added: "I think people don't realise just how much of a roller-coaster it is and its happy chaos right now".

Campaign workers say Omar's ability to mobilize students and young voters bolstered her victory in the primaries this August.

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In addition to Omar and Tlaib, Tuesday's election saw several other historic firsts in the Democratic camp.

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district. She said she admires Pelosi for her "wonderful work ethic" and looks forward to conversations within the Democratic caucus about electing a leader "that will help us implement the bold, progressive policies that we ran on".

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

Ms Omar did not know English when she went to the U.S. at the age 12.

Meanwhile in the Senate - the upper chamber of Congress - it looks likely the Republican Party will hold a majority with 51 seats against the Democrats' 43.

- Vox (@voxdotcom) November 7, 2018Congratulations to Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American elected to U.S. House. Following her win in 2016, Omar said her political involvement had become more than "about me or the win or the loss".

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