First ever Muslim women elected to Congress following U.S. mid-term elections

11 November, 2018, 20:02 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

She dedicated her victory, in part, to the Palestinian cause: "A lot of my strength comes from being Palestinian", she said.

This is the first time that Muslim women have been elected to the House.

"I'm a father of two daughters and that means a lot for them to see someone that looks like her that is a refugee an immigrant in Minnesota that could be trusted with such a seat", said Abdi Bihi, an Omar supporter.

The two women will increase the total number of Muslims in the House to three - African American congressman Andre Carson has also won re-election in his Democratic district in Indiana.

When she was a teenager, Omar came to America as a Somalian refugee.

Technically, Palestinian-American Rashida is the first American Muslim woman to be elected to Congress.

Also elected for the first time in MA was a black Congresswoman. She is an attorney and served in the Michigan House of Representatives.

After the midterm results are tallied, more than 100 members of Congress are expected to be women - a record. Tlaib had defeated Jones in the Democratic primary earlier in the year, by about 900 votes.

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Both women ran unopposed in their districts after winning this summer's Democratic primaries and the Republican Party failed to put forward candidates.

Ellison was himself the first Muslim ever to be elected to Congress.

Democrats are celebrating Omar's win and the diversity in their party, but they may regret their choice after scrolling back through her Twitter timeline.

Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, is a well-known community activist in her solidly Democratic district, working tirelessly to encourage Native Americans - who make up two per cent of the United States population - to vote. "Yes, you're going to have to learn how to say our names", she is quoted by HuffPost.

Born in Detroit to Palestinian-American parents, Tlaib served in Michigan's state legislature from 2008 to 2014.

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

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia will be the first Latinas to represent Texas in Congress. Escobar, a Democrat, will take the seat in Texas' 16th Congressional District that is now held by Beto O'Rourke. "It became about the changing the narrative" surrounding immigrants and women of color who run for office.



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