Former Kenyan Refugee, Ilhan Omar Wins in US Elections in Minnesota

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

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

Rashida Tlaib has become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.

She was joined shortly after on Tuesday night by Omar, who ran for the Democrats in Minnesota's fifth district.

She also recognized Michigan's Rashida Tlaib who is also Muslim for winning.

Omar will take the seat vacated by Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. Ellison is leaving Congress as he vies to become Minnesota attorney general.

Tlaib, who served in the Michigan House from 2009 until 2014, defeated five other candidates in the August primary election to win the nomination to run for a full term representing the heavily Democratic district, which covers much of Detroit and some of its suburbs.

Tlaib won the congressional seat for Michigan's 13th district after former Representative John Conyers abruptly stepped down following sexual harassment allegations, leaving the seat vacant. After the start of the civil war in 1991, she and her family fled Somalia and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.

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She is not only the second Muslim women elected in Congress but also the first Somali-American.

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

She was born on July 24, 1976, to working-class Palestinian immigrants in Detroit and is the eldest of 14 children.

Only two other Muslims have been elected to Congress, and both are men now in office: Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson.

Ocasio-Cortez easily won election in her district which spans parts of the NY boroughs of Queens and the Bronx.

She campaigned on a platform calling for free tuition and promising to fight to expand Medicare coverage to all Americans. Following her win in 2016, Omar said her political involvement had become more than "about me or the win or the loss". Tlaib said at a summit celebrating women of color in politics.

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