Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives

First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives

Ilhan Omar, newly elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket, celebrates with her supporters after her Congressional 5th District primary victory in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Tuesday.

The House is getting its first two Muslim women and MA is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tuesday's midterm elections.

"When I was coming to this country, I heard about it's promises", she said.

The seat had been held by Keith Ellison, who left it to run for state attorney general.

Omar is the first refugee ever elected to Congress and one of the first two Muslim women. She is also the first Somali American to win election to national office, according to CNN.

Her parents were Palestinian immigrants from the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Omar credits her husband and her children - who are ages 15, 12 and 6 - with allowing her to do the work she loves.

Two Muslim women emerged victorious as Democrats took over the United States house of representatives at the midterm elections on Tuesday.

And I have a feeling this is just a drop in the bucket of an even bigger progressive, young, woman, Muslim wave to come.

Omar, 36, is a vocal advocate for single-payer health care, tighter gun restrictions and more expansive immigration policies.

Tlaib, 42, also has a history of breaking barriers: In 2008 she became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature.

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

Ms Omar did not know English when she went to the United States at the age 12. "What I defend is ideas", she said.

Now Congresswoman-elect Omar is talking about taking on President Trump, including at a University of Minnesota Humphrey School forum.

Ilhan Omar, whose platform included support for Medicare for All, criminal justice reform and the increase of minimum wage, won the seat over Republican Jennifer Zielinski.

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