1st Somali-American in Congress on her journey to making history

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are set to become the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are set to become the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress

Omar, a Somali-American was once a refugee, while Tlaib is the first Pakistani-American woman in congress.

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 can not wait to serve with you, inshallah".

A onetime Somali refugee, Omar, 37, won a House seat in a strongly Democratic district in Minneapolis, Minnesota, succeeding Keith Ellison who was himself the first Muslim ever elected to Congress.

As of 9:46 p.m. on November 6, media outlets have also declared Andy Levin, Debbie Dingell, and Brenda Lawrence winners in their respective U.S. House races.

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.

"It is a district that is very much interested in making sure our progressive values are represented", she said in an interview with MinnPost.

Omar, who engages in anti-Semitic rhetoric, has slandered Israel as an "apartheid regime" and called on "Allah" to "awaken the people" to see the "evil doings of Israel".

After Tlaib won her primary race in August, she published several anti-Israel tweets, and re-tweeted a fan who declared that Tlaib's "first fight was for Palestine, always Palestine".

Tlaib is endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, a burgeoning left-wing group that also counts New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among its members. She ran unopposed on the general election ballot following her primary win.

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

Tlaib, 42, was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

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

Her expected takeover of the top post of the House's Africa panel will probably not result, however, in major shifts in U.S. policy.

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