First ever Muslim women elected to US House of Representatives

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Jim Mone and Rebecca Cook AP REUTERS

Rashida Tlaib has become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.

Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI share the distinction of becoming the first Muslim women headed to the House of Representatives.

Her real victory came when she won the Democratic primary.

Both women are critics of US President Donald Trump, and Tlaib also faced arrest two years ago for disrupting Trump's speech in Detroit. "If they tell you who they are, believe them the first time", she said.

The two were the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress.

The seat Omar won, Minnesota's 5th district, was formerly held by Rep. Keith Ellison, who was the first Muslim to take a seat in Congress. Ellison did not run for re-election as he sought the state attorney generalship.

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She ran unopposed in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, easily surviving a write-in campaign from primary opponent Brenda Jones.

Miski Omar, a high school senior who attended Omar's election night party, said she thinks Omar's election is inspirational for young women of color.

Omar fled Somalia's civil war with her parents at the age of eight and spent four years at a refugee camp in Kenya. She will also be the first Somali-American in Congress.

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".

Her campaign platform included pledges to secure a $15 minimum wage, preventing cuts to welfare programs such as Medicare and Social Security, as well as stopping tax relief to large corporations, according to Al Jazeera. She said she admires Pelosi for her "wonderful work ethic" and looks forward to conversations within the Democratic caucus about electing a leader "that will help us implement the bold, progressive policies that we ran on". They all lost to Democrats, with Brat's race flipping a Virginia seat blue.

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