Rashida Tlaib is first Palestinian-American elected to Congress

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A Somali-American refugee from Minnesota and a Palestinian-American activist from MI made history on Tuesday as the first two Muslim women elected to the United States House of Representatives.

DFL Candidate: Ilhan Omar.

Omar will fill the seat of Rep. Keith Ellison (D), who is running for the state attorney general and is also a Muslim.

She said her political life began attending local Democratic Farmer Labor party caucuses with her grandfather after arriving in the US.

She won the Democratic primary on August 14, 2018 and contested the election on a party ticket.

Tlaib, Omar join other women of colour who won big on Tuesday night; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress, and Ayanna Pressley became the first black congresswoman in MA.

Her win goes into records, making her the second Muslim woman ever elected to the US Congress.

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Omar, 36, fled her homeland of Somalia at the age of eight and lived in a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating with family to the United States.

The 42-year-old was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

A fighter who once heckled US President Donald Trump during a 2016 campaign stop in Detroit, she says she didn't run to make history as Muslim.

With no Republican challenger in the race, Tlaib's election on Tuesday became a formality.

And regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.

The seat she won is in a predominantly African-American congressional district with few Muslim voters. "And that if you just believe in the possibility of someone like me", Talib added.

Tlaib has advocated for universal health care, a $15 national minimum wage, union protections, and tuition-free college education.

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