First Two Muslim Women Elected To U.S. Congress

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

"If they tell you who they are, believe them the first time", she said.

Although Muslim men have been elected to Congress before, Ilhan and Rashida are the first Muslim women to represent Americans in the US House of Representatives.

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district.

Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the USA, for which she was featured in Firsts, TIME's multimedia project on trailblazing women have broken glass ceilings in their respective fields. Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress.

Tlaib is endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, a burgeoning left-wing group that also counts New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among its members.

In the video, Tlaib delivered a victory speech in which she acknowledged her family watching from overseas in the Palestinian Authority-administered West Bank. Her parents were both born in Palestine.

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"I stand here before you tonight as your Congresswoman-elect with many firsts behind my name", Omar said in her victory speech, to loud cheers and applause.

At an August campaign event, Omar affirmed her belief in Israel's right to exist, saying it was "important for us to recognize Israel's place in the Middle East and the Jewish people's rightful place within that region".

MA will also be getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators.

Omar, another Democrat, is a Somali-American who came to the US over two decades ago as a refugee.

According to the former refugee, President Trump's politics of fear motivated her to get in the race, Aljazeera reported on Wednesday, November 7.

Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot.

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