First two Muslim women elected to US Congress: networks

First two Muslim women elected to US Congress: networks

First two Muslim women elected to US Congress: networks

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, Democrats from Minnesota and MI respectively, will be the first Muslim women to serve in congress.

Tlaib was a shoo-in for the Detroit area 13th district after she won the Democratic primary in August.

"Regardless of whether we win or lose, this gets to shift the narrative of what is possible", she said. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah", Omar, who also won her election, said on Twitter.

The Palestinian-American Muslim ran under the Democratic Party, having previously served six years in the state legislature.

Alongside Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Omar is also now one of the two first Muslim women to win a seat in Congress.

MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.

The 36-year-old Democrat, who herself was a refugee before coming to the United States, appeared Wednesday on CBS This Morning, just hours after winning Minnesota's 5th District seat in a landslide, with 78 percent of the vote.

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.

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Tlaib's relatives in the West Bank village of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa greeted the news of her election with a mixture of pride and hope that she would be able to take on a U.S. administration widely seen as hostile to Muslims and the Palestinian cause.

A pair of districts in the Midwest will add Muslim women to the ranks of the US Congress for the first time, CNN has projected.

Republicans, with a strong grip on the senate, unseated a string of Democratic senators up for re-election in states Trump won in 2016.

Omar and Tlaib are among 100 or more Muslims who ran for office in 2018, an unprecedented surge in political engagement, reported BuzzFeed.

Omar is one of two Muslim women elected Tuesday to the U.S. House.

In 2008, she became the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislature. "What I defend is ideas", she said.

In California's 50th district, Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Palestinian-American who spent part of his childhood in Gaza and whose father served in the Palestinian Authority, was in a close race with incumbent Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, early results showed.

"I ran because of injustices and because of my boys, who are questioning their (Muslim) identity and whether they belong", Tlaib said in an United States television interview in August.

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