Former Somali Refugee At Dadaab Ilhan Omar Elected To US Congress

Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim woman elected to Congress

Americans for the first time sent a Muslim woman to Congress - actually two: Palestinian American Rashida Tlaib, of MI, and Somali American Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota.

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is seen after voting during midterm election in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 6, 2018.

The Democrat lived at the Daad refugee camp in Kenya for four years and could not even speak English at the time she relocated to the US.

"I want you to know my mom, who is from a small village in the West Bank, they're literally glued.to the TV - my grandmother, my aunts, my uncles in Palestine - are sitting by and watching their granddaughter", the 42-year-old daughter of Palestinian immigrants said after her win, bursting into tears.

Democrat Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won her House of Representatives seat in Minnesota yesterday.

In the video, Tlaib delivered a victory speech in which she acknowledged her family watching from overseas in the Palestinian Authority-administered West Bank.

Keith Ellison was the first Muslim to win a seat in Congress.

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.

Congress as it stands is far from diverse - over 90 per cent of members are Christian, 5.6 per cent are Jewish and the Muslim members (both of them) are heavily outflanked by Mormons, of whom there are 13.

Tlaib is also considered a Democratic Socialist.

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

Omar also had the backing of Ocasio-Cortez in her primary race, and she will come to Congress having been an open critic of the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians.

MA will also get its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee are set to elect their first female senators.

The high-profile midterm cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of color saw Democrats take control of the House in a rebuke to US President Donald Trump.

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

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