First Muslim women elected to Congress

First Muslim women elected to Congress

First Muslim women elected to Congress

"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 said her political life began attending local Democratic Farmer Labor party caucuses with her grandfather after arriving in the US.

"My success is not only for me but for every Somali, Muslim and minority group, particularly the young girls in the Dadaab refugee camp, where I lived before coming to the US", Ms Omar declared.

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

Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the U.S.

A former refugee at Daadab in Kenya will now be part of the 435-member US House of Representatives following her victory in the Minnesota congress elections.

She also has been mindful of the historic nature of her candidacy.

The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the Federal government of the United States.

The oldest of 14 children, Tlaib was born to a family of Palestinian immigrants in Detroit, where her father worked at a Ford Motor Co plant. A proud Palestinian, Tlaib has also been an advocate for Palestinian rights and is an outspoken critic of Trump. It is open, with the seat being vacated by Rep. Keith Ellison, who is running for Minnesota Attorney General.

She ran against and defeated Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinski, becoming the first congresswoman to wear a hijab.

Voters in the United States (US) went to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, to participate in midterm elections that will help define the fate of President Donald Trump's first term in office after two years.

The legislature consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives (which Omar has been elected to) and the Senate.

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