Muslim women make history with wins in Michigan, Minnesota

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

Her campaign website says she became interested in politics at age 14, when she would interpret for her grandfather at local caucuses. She will also be the first Somali-American in Congress.

In her victory speech, Omar's first words were: "As-salam alaikum" - a standard Muslim greeting that means "peace be upon you" - and then "alhamdulillah", or "all praise to God".

Two years ago, she became the first Somali-American to win a seat in a state legislature, on the same night Republican Donald Trump won the presidency after a campaign in which he called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States. "But really I am not going from a first to another first", Omar said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The two were the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress. WCCO's Esme Murphy sat down with the new Congresswoman-elect.

After the midterm results are tallied, more than 100 members of Congress are expected to be women - a record.

Tlaib defeated five other candidates to win the nomination.

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MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.

Omar Qudrat (Republican) Afghan-American and former Pentagon prosecutor Omar Qudrat lost the 52nd Congressional District.

It isn't hard to find people who are excited that Omar is about to be the first Somali-American representing them in the U.S. Congress.

She shared: "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible". Garcia, a Democrat from Houston's 29th District, has served in the state senate for six years. The midterms were a heated period in American politics that were seen as a referendum on Trump, which was one reason why many minorities and women of color chose to run for office. She is also the second Native American woman elected to statewide executive office in the United States. The first woman to wear a hijab.

Born in Mogadishu, and raised in Baydhabo, Somalia, Omar gained global attention in 2016 when she became the first Somali-American to be elected to a state legislature.

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