Voters elect first Muslim women to Congress: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar


    Ilhan Omar, left, and Rashida Tlaib, right, became the first Muslim women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Omar delivers her victory speech in the video above. (AP photo / MGN Online photo)

    Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress Tuesday.

    Tlaib and Omar won Michigan’s 13th and Minnesota’s 5th congressional districts respectively.

    Both triumphed in deeply Democratic districts.

    Tlaib, 42, campaigned on raising the national minimum wage to $15 while protecting the country's welfare programs. She was endorsed by Democratic Socialists of America, which also supported newly-elected New York Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    Omar came to the U.S. as a refugee, fleeing civil war in Somalia when she was a teenager. She too is pushing a progressive platform that includes universal health and free college tuition. Omar also has the distinction of becoming the nation's first Somali-American congresswoman.

    "What an amazing journey this has been. I stand here before you tonight as your congresswoman-elect with many firsts behind my name," Omar told supporters at her victory speech Tuesday night. "The first woman of color to represent our state in Congress. The first woman to a hijab to represent us in Congress. The first refugee ever elected to Congress. And one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress."


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