Muslim women elected to US Congress for the first time

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

Two Muslim women have been elected to the House of Representatives for the first time. Multiple outlets have called the race.

Ilhan Omar won the U.S. House race in the 5th Congressional District.

Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the US, for which she was featured in Firsts, TIME's multimedia project on trailblazing women have broken glass ceilings in their respective fields.

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.

As of 9:46 p.m. on November 6, media outlets have also declared Andy Levin, Debbie Dingell, and Brenda Lawrence winners in their respective U.S. House races.

Born in Detroit to Palestinian-American parents, Tlaib served in Michigan's state legislature from 2008 to 2014. The 36-year-old moved to America at the age of 12 as a refugee from Somalia.

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Republicans who charge that the Democratic Party has departed from its pro-Israel bona fides point to Tlaib and Omar as proof.

"Trump was a bit of a Bat-Signal for women in general of being engaged", she says, talking while out on the campaign trail in Detroit. 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. The first refugee ever elected to Congress.

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

The result of the elections means that the Republicans no longer hold both wings of the United States congress, handing President Donald Trump's political opponents a stronger foothold in Washington.

Researchers found that people identifying as Republicans were most likely to hold negative ideas about Islam and Muslims.

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