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US Voters Elected First Muslim Women in Congress

US Voters Elected First Muslim Women in Congress

Voters in Minnesota and MI have elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the US Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war and a Detroit-born Palestinian-American.

Omar will also be the first Congress member to wear a Muslim hijab, or head scarf.

Omar considers herself a Democratic Socialist.

Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress.

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Minnesota's first Somali-American state representative has made history: She is now the country's first Somali-American elected to Congress. She came to the United States more than two decades ago as a refugee.

A Muslim woman from Detroit has won the congressional seat long held by Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment claims by former staffers.

The 2018 US midterms, widely billed as a referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump, saw voters make history by electing Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar on the Democratic ballots as part of the wave of opposition that saw huge numbers of women running for public office. Minnesota state data showed Omar winning by a large margin, and MI media reported that Tlaib had won. Like Omar, Tlaib championed progressive policies, including a Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage and immigration reform. The 36-year-old moved to America at the age of 12 as a refugee from Somalia.

Only two other Muslims have been elected to Congress, and both are men now in office: Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson.