First Two Muslim Women Elected To U.S. Congress

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar, newly elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket, celebrates with her supporters after her Congressional 5th District primary victory in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Tuesday.

- Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) November 7, 20184/ Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

The two were the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress. After moving to the U.S.at the of 12 as a Somali refugee, Omar told TIME she grew a love for politics that was inspired by her grandfather, who loved the idea of democratic governments. A proud Palestinian, Tlaib has also been an advocate for Palestinian rights and is an outspoken critic of Trump. After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the US when she was 14.

"Regardless of whether we win or lose, this gets to shift the narrative of what is possible", she said.

Both Omar and Tlaib were endorsed by Democratic Socialists of America, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party that counts among its high-profile members another rising female star - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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She beat Republican Jennifer Zielinski to take Keith Ellison's seat, which he vacated to run for Minnesota attorney general.

She was born on July 24, 1976, to working-class Palestinian immigrants in Detroit and is the eldest of 14 children. She will also be the first Somali-American in Congress.

At an August campaign event, Omar affirmed her belief in Israel's right to exist, saying it was "important for us to recognize Israel's place in the Middle East and the Jewish people's rightful place within that region". A self-styled progressive, Tlaib is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and was arrested two years ago for disrupting a Trump speech in Detroit.

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