First two Muslim women elected to US Congress

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She'll be joined by Ilhan Omar, a Muslim woman elected who won her race in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District.

Former Somali refugee and Minnesota state lawmaker Ilhan Omar has made history becoming the first Somali American to be elected in Congress. Omar also became the first Muslim congresswoman, along with Rashida Tlaib.

Omar said President Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to get in the race. He resigned his position to run to be Minnesota's attorney general.

The two women will increase the total number of Muslims in the House to three - African American congressman Andre Carson has also won re-election in his Democratic district in Indiana.

Also Massachusetts, Democrat Ayanna Pressley will be the first woman of colour in her state's congressional delegation. "If they tell you who they are, believe them the first time", she said.

Democrats are celebrating Omar's win and the diversity in their party, but they may regret their choice after scrolling back through her Twitter timeline.

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Ilhan Omar in an October file photo. After the start of the civil war in 1991, she and her family fled Somalia and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.

Her expected takeover of the top post of the House's Africa panel will probably not result, however, in major shifts in United States policy.

In Boston, city council woman Ayanna Pressley made history by becoming the first black woman the state of MA has ever sent to Congress. Pressley ran unopposed after she ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano in the primaries.

She immigrated to the United States at age 12 and served as a Minneapolis City Council policy aide before winning election to the Legislature in 2016.

Omar defeated Republican Jen Zielinski, who ran on a platform of education, cutting taxes and enforcing immigration laws. Democrat pro-Israel Jews have very little representation left in Congress, and momentum is heading in the other direction.