Somali woman who lived in Kenyan refugee camp elected to US Congress

Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim woman elected to Congress

The news site said she was criticized by some Palestinian activists for being too engaged with pro-Israel lobbyists, and from some left-leaning Jewish activists who criticized her call for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress.

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

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nominee, will secure their respective seats in strongly Democratic districts following primary victories earlier this year that effectively decided their races.

Democrat Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won her House of Representatives seat in Minnesota yesterday. A proud Palestinian, Tlaib has also been an advocate for Palestinian rights and is an outspoken critic of Trump.

She stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday.

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Her parents were Palestinian immigrants from the West Bank and Jerusalem.

"I stand here before you tonight as your Congresswoman-elect with many firsts behind my name", Omar said in her victory speech, to loud cheers and applause. Was a candidate for District 6 representative on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot.

Omar, whose platform included support for Medicare for All, criminal justice reform and the increase of minimum wage, won the seat over Republican Jennifer Zielinski.

MA will also get its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee are set to elect their first female senators.

Democrats took control of the lower house of Congress, but the U.S. president escaped a feared "blue wave" as his Republicans bolstered their Senate majority.

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