First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives

First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives

First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives

The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib ran unopposed in Michigan's 13th district House race, but fended off a late write-in challenge from the woman she defeated in the primaries. In an emotional speech following her historic election, Tlaib paid tribute her Palestinian roots.

Americans for the first time sent a Muslim woman to Congress - actually two: Palestinian American Rashida Tlaib, of MI, and Somali American Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota. "Because this is about electing the jury to impeach @POTUS and I will make a heck of juror", Tlaib said in a tweet aimed at U.S. President Donald Trump.

On January 1, 2009, Rashida became the first Muslim American woman to serve in the Michigan Legislature, and the second Muslim woman in history to be elected to any USA state legislature.

Tlaib is the oldest of 14 children born to Palestinian immigrants, and is the second Palestinian American elected to Congress after Michigan Republican Justin Amash, BuzzFeed reported. But those promises, she said "aren't extended to everyone". She spent four years of her childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya.

Omar will fill the seat of Rep. Keith Ellison (D), who is running for the state attorney general and is also a Muslim.

Omar, another Democrat, is a Somali-American who came to the USA over two decades ago as a refugee. "Yes, we marched outside the Capitol, but now we get to march into the Capitol", she wrote on Twitter this morning.

Along with being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, Omar is the first Somali-American elected to the post.

The two women were among a record number of Native Americans who ran in the midterm elections for congressional seats, governor's offices, state legislatures and other elected posts.

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

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