First two Muslim women elected to US Congress: networks

Clay Curtis
November 7, 2018

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 U.S. state legislature.

The attorney and former state legislator is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants.

Omar will also be the first Congress member to wear a Muslim hijab, or head scarf.

In a seat that has historically been held by Democrats, Ilhan Omar (D) won the bid for the state's 5th Congressional District, defeating Jennifer Zielinski (R) for an open spot left by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison.

Ilhan Omar, a mother of three, was elected to the House for Minnesota.

She could be joined by 36-year-old Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a Muslim woman who is expected to also win her race on Tuesday night.

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Congressman Andre Carson, who is Muslim and African American, won re-election in his safely-Democratic district in the state of Indiana. That may force her to resign from Detroit City Council to do so. Tlaib said at a summit celebrating women of color in politics. I will be using my position in Congress so that no country, not one, should be able to get aid from the USA when they still promote that kind of injustice.

Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland also broke new ground, becoming the first Native American women elected to Congress, US networks projected.

In August, she emerged as the victor of a Democratic primary for a seat vacated by John Conyers, a longtime liberal lion who stepped down in December amid sexual harassment allegations and failing health. Tlaib actually campaigned with Omar ahead of the latter's primary race earlier this year.

The seat she won is in a predominantly African American congressional district with few Muslim voters.

She campaigned on a platform calling for free tuition and promising to fight to expand Medicare coverage to all Americans. She could not speak English and only learnt by watching television. "It just shows how incredibly wonderful our country can be", she said.

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