US Voters Elected First Muslim Women in Congress

Democratic candidate Rashida Tlaib is running for Us Congress in Michigan's 13th congressional district

Rashida Tlaib, a 42-year-old Michigan Democrat, became the first Muslim woman elected to Congress on Tuesday.

Tlaib, a Democrat from Detroit who is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, ran unopposed in Michigan's 13th Congressional District to become one of the first Muslim women in Congress as well.

The Minneapolis woman campaigned on policies embraced by the Democratic Party's most liberal wing: universal healthcare, free college tuition and robust public housing.

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

"I did not expect to come to the United States and go to school with kids who were anxious about food as much as I was anxious about it in a refugee camp", Omar said in an interview last month.

She spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the United States at age 12.

Omar, on the other hand, is a refugee from Somalia.

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The 2018 USA midterms, widely billed as a referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump, saw voters make history by electing Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar on the Democratic ballots as part of the wave of opposition that saw huge numbers of women running for public office.

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

Both women ran in heavily Democratic districts.

Who are Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar? That may force her to resign from Detroit City Council to do so.

A total of 239 women were on the ballot for the midterms.

"Regardless of whether we win or lose, this gets to shift the narrative of what is possible", she said.

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