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Muslim women elected to Congress for the first time in history

Muslim women elected to Congress for the first time in history”

"I did not expect to come to the United States and go to school with kids who were anxious about food as much as I was anxious about it in a refugee camp", Omar said in an interview last month.

Omar, who arrived in the United States at the age of 14 after fleeing civil war in Somalia and lived in Kenya's Dadaab camp, campaigned on a platform which called for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges. Born in Mogadishu and came to the USA in 1995 at 14-years-old.

Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American elected to Congress.

"I'm Muslim and black", the hijab-wearing Omar said in a recent magazine interview. She eventually settled in Minneapolis.

Zielinski, a clinical specialist for Allina Health, had hoped to flip a seat that's been held by Democrats since the early 1960s - most recently by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who opted to run for state attorney general this year.

Omar has forged a progressive political identity.

"We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".

Rashida Tlaib is the Detroit-born daughter of Palestinian immigrants - the eldest of 14 children.

"I've never been one to stand on the sidelines".

In August, she emerged as the victor of a Democratic primary for a seat vacated by John Conyers, a longtime liberal lion who stepped down in December amid sexual harassment allegations and failing health.

Tlaib won Michigan's 13th district, running unopposed.

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

She campaigned on a platform calling for free tuition and promising to fight to expand Medicare coverage to all Americans. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs.

The victories by the two Democrats - Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib - came on an election night when members of multiple minority groups had a chance to score electoral firsts. "It just shows how incredibly wonderful our country can be", she said.



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