Rashida Tlaib is first Muslim woman elected to U.S. Congress

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

The House is getting its first two Muslim women and MA is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Omar, another Democrat, is a Somali-American who came to the USA over two decades ago as a refugee.

Democrat Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won her House of Representatives seat in Minnesota yesterday.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year old Latina also became the youngest woman to serve in the US House after winning at the polls.

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

"You all know that I did not run to be a first - I ran because I came to this country, I heard of its promises".

She added: "I think people don't realise just how much of a roller-coaster it is and its happy chaos right now".

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Omar became the first Somali-American legislator in the United States in 2016, when she was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives District 60B, which encompasses the University of Minnesota neighborhoods.

In her victory speech, Omar's first words were: "As-salam alaikum" - a standard Muslim greeting that means "peace be upon you" - and then "alhamdulillah", or "all praise to God".

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

Tlaib explicitly supports the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel and its replacement of a unitary Palestinian state. She arrived in the U.S., aged 14, after fleeing civil war in Somalia.

"We did this, together", she wrote on Twitter Tuesday night. Here's what she had to say about Israel in 2012.

Ms Omar did not know English when she went to the United States at the age 12. She will be the first hijab-wearing member of Congress.

Democrats took control of the lower house of Congress, but the U.S. president escaped a feared "blue wave" as his Republicans bolstered their Senate majority.

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