First ever Muslim women elected to US House of Representatives

Rashida Tlaib

Democrat Rashida Tlaib was elected to represent Michigan's 13th House District on Tuesday, defeating three other candidates, including a write-in campaign by Detroit's City Council president, Brenda Jones. Her real victory came when she won the Democratic primary. Omar was favoured to take a seat in Congress after winning her Democratic primary in a heavily left-leaning Minnesota voting district.

Omar, in addition to being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, will also be the first Somali-American member. Newly elected Minnesota Attorney General and former DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison has for years been connected to Farrakhan, but many would agree he has failed to properly distance himself from him.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor.

The two were the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress.

Swift had said that the Republican's voting record in Congress "appalls and terrifies" her, stating that Blackburn had voted against equal pay for women and against protecting women from domestic violence. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah".

In an interview with Elle magazine in September this year, Ms Omar opened up about her Somalia background and shared what it was like to arrive in the United States for the first time as a child of 10.

Omar, 36, was born in Somalia but fled with her family to Kenya as a refugee when she was 8. The first refugee ever elected to Congress.

Congressman Chris Smith, the Republican who has headed the Africa subcommittee, opposed President Donals Trump's efforts to slash spending on U.S. aid to Africa.

At an August campaign event, Omar affirmed her belief in Israel's right to exist, saying it was "important for us to recognize Israel's place in the Middle East and the Jewish people's rightful place within that region".

Both women are critics of US President Donald Trump, and Tlaib also faced arrest two years ago for disrupting Trump's speech in Detroit.

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