Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Muslim women elected to US Congress for the first time

Muslim women elected to US Congress for the first time

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district becoming one of the first Muslim women elected to US Congress, .

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar reacts after appearing at her midterm election night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nov. 6, 2018.

Tlaib actually campaigned with Omar ahead of the latter's primary race earlier this year.

In Minnesota, Omar, about 36 and a naturalised American citizen and state representative, follows another trailblazer: She will succeed US Congressman Keith Ellison, who in 2006 became the first Muslim elected to Congress and is stepping down to run for state attorney general.

Omar stated that President Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to vie for the seat.

A Somali-American and a former refugee, she served as the first Somali-American legislator in the US when she won a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016.

Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI won their respective races and will represent their districts in the House of Representatives.

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

For Tlaib, Tuesday's election marks the second time she will have made history in recent years.

The seat she won is in a predominantly African-American congressional district with few Muslim voters.

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.

US Muslim civil rights groups say a lot of anti-Muslim rhetoric comes from the media, as well as the country's political establishment.

Omar campaigned on a similarly progressive platform, which calls for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges. "And that if you just believe in the possibility of someone like me", Talib added.

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