Monday, 19 November, 2018

1st Somali-American in Congress on her journey to making history

Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim woman elected to Congress Rashida Tlaib ran unopposed for Rep. John Conyers old seat
Jay Anderson | 08 November, 2018, 05:07

Tlaib, Omar join other women of colour who won big on Tuesday night; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress, and Ayanna Pressley became the first black congresswoman in MA. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs. She will succeed Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to ever be elected to the House.

Democrats are celebrating Omar's win and the diversity in their party, but they may regret their choice after scrolling back through her Twitter timeline.

Omar arrived in the United States, aged 14, after fleeing civil war in Somalia. "I'm going from the state House to the opportunity to serve in Congress, and serve the people in the Fifth, which is a great honor and a great opportunity".

Omar was leading with more than 80% of the vote when the Associated Press called the race for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District at 8:33 p.m.

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is seen after voting during midterm election in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 6, 2018.




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. Although her election was officially announced on Tuesday, she was elected unopposed as no one came forward to challenge Rashida in another deeply Democratic district.

Omar considers herself a Democratic Socialist.

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

Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and became the first Muslim female member of Michigan's state legislature a decade ago. New Mexico's Deb Haaland and Kansas attorney Sharice Davids were elected the first two Native American women to serve in Congress.

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