Muslim women elected to Congress for the first time in history

Muslim women elected to Congress for the first time in history

A former Daadab refugee, Ilhan Omar has become the first Somali woman to be elected to the US Congress and only the second Muslim to win a congress seat.

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nominee, Omar, won fifth congressional district, replacing the first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, who vacated his seat to run in the state's attorney general race.

"I did not expect to come to the United States and go to school with kids who were anxious about food as much as I was anxious about it in a refugee camp", Omar said in an interview last month. She has said she would vote to impeach President Donald Trump if given the chance. She came to the United States more than two decades ago as a refugee.

Tlaib, Omar join other women of colour who won big on Tuesday night; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress, and Ayanna Pressley became the first black congresswoman in MA.

Omar's family fled Somalia in 1991 due to civil war.


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.

Minnesota's first Somali-American state representative has made history: She is now the country's first Somali-American elected to Congress.

Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, said in recent interviews that she favors a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as opposed to a two-state solution that would establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel. This seat has been held by Democrats since 1963. Tlaib ran unopposed, but fended off a late write-in challenge from the woman she defeated in the primaries.

She campaigned on a platform calling for free tuition and promising to fight to expand Medicare coverage to all Americans.

She also faced Islamophobic attacks during her campaign from some conservative media outlets. "And that if you just believe in the possibility of someone like me", Talib added.

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