A one time Somali refugee and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants shared the historic distinction Tuesday of becoming the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress.
Both women — Ilhan Omar, 37, and Rashida Tlaib, 42 — are Democrats from the Midwest and outspoken advocates of minority communities that have found themselves in the sights of US President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies.
Wohhooo! TWO Muslim American congresswomen officially WIN last night.
Congratulations to Rashida Tlaib out of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar out of Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/ZwR0LzSsyV
— Anasthasia Sadrach (@duchessnastya) November 7, 2018
Omar won a House seat in a strongly Democratic district in Minneapolis, Minnesota, succeeding Keith Ellison who was himself the first Muslim ever elected to Congress.
Tlaib’s victory was no surprise. The Detroit-born daughter of Palestinian immigrants – the eldest of 14 children – emerged as the winner of a Democratic primary for a seat vacated by John Conyers, a longtime liberal lion who stepped down in December amid sexual harassment allegations and failing health.
Last night Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib was elected to the United States Congress, making the first Palestinian American to be elected to this position. https://t.co/His6umjM47 pic.twitter.com/Px98Ch1ggW
— The IMEU (@theIMEU) November 7, 2018
With no Republican challenger in the race, Tlaib’s election on Tuesday became a formality.
During her tearful primary election victory speech in August, with her immigrant mother by her side, she said relatives in the West Bank were watching her success.
“It just shows how incredibly wonderful our country can be”.
(Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, PC, Social Media)