First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives
First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives
Rashida Tlaib AP
07 November, 2018, 13:13
Rashida Tlaib on Tuesday became the first Palestinian-American elected to the US Congress when she won Michigan's 13th district. Both women - Ilhan Omar, 37, and RashidaTlaib, 42 - are Democrats from the Midwest and outspoken advocates of minority communities that have found themselves in the sights of US President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies.
Omar will also be the first Congress member to wear a Muslim hijab, or head scarf.
Following her win in 2016, Omar said her political involvement had become more than "about me or the win or the loss".
She spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the United States at age 12. She eventually settled in Minneapolis. Along with being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, Omar is the first Somali-American elected to the post.
She will succeed the first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, who vacated the seat to run in Minnesota's attorney general race. She campaigned in favor of single-payer health care, tighter gun control and more inclusive immigration policies.
She was born on July 24, 1976, to working-class Palestinian immigrants in Detroit and is the eldest of 14 children.
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"We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".
Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot.
"I've never been one to stand on the sidelines". Minnesota state data showed Omar winning by a large margin, and MI media reported that Tlaib had won.
A Muslim woman from Detroit has won the congressional seat long held by Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment claims by former staffers.
The seat she won is in a predominantly African American congressional district with few Muslim voters.
While Omar campaigned on a similarly progressive platform, which calls for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs. "It just shows how incredibly wonderful our country can be", she said.
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