Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib become first Muslim women in US Congress

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

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.

In Michigan, Rashida Tlaib, 42, was elected to represent the 13th district, which is one of the safest Democratic seats.

Rashida is also the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress. Her parents were both born in Palestine. She will be the first hijab-wearing member of Congress. "What I defend is ideas", she said.

Her family settled in Minnesota in 1997, where there is a sizable Somali population. That may force her to resign from Detroit City Council to do so.

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Omar has forged a progressive political identity.

She opposes Trump's restrictive immigration policies, supports a universal health care system, and wants to abolish US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has conducted deportation raids.

Omar shared her experience facing Islamophobia on the campaign trail, saying there are "people who are in positions of influence who look at someone like me, who's Muslim, who is a woman, a black woman, an immigrant, a refugee - and don't recognize me as an American".

Minnesota Democratic Congressional Candidate Ilhan Omar speaks at an election night results party on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She used that record of taking on corporate interests and defending local priorities as part of her campaign for election as a congressional representative. In her "CBS This Morning" interview, she said she hoped to bring a "unique insight" into the "lives and struggles" of refugees when she goes to Washington in January. She ran for lieutenant governor and served one term as the state party chair. "Yes, we marched outside the Capitol, but now we get to march into the Capitol", she wrote on Twitter this morning.

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