They are Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, and Rashida Tlaib, an American-Palestinian woman.Female Muslim women at the Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib congress.
The mid-term elections renew the American political landscape. Among the new faces, two Democratic candidates became, Wednesday, November 7, the first two women of Muslim faith to be elected to the US Congress.
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They each won a seat in the House of Representatives in Minnesota and Michigan, respectively. “We managed together, thank you!” Tweeted Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, before writing to Rashida Tlaib, born in Detroit of Palestinian immigrant parents: “I can not wait to sit with you, God willing. ”
Ilhan Omar, 36, fled Somalia’s civil war for the United States, where she settled as a teenager in Minneapolis before becoming a local speaker of her state’s assembly. Palestinian Rashida Tlaib, 42, was sure to win in her Democratic stronghold of Michigan, where she was alone in the running.
The House of Representatives will welcome its first two Muslim elected representatives: Rashida Tlaib, 42, and Ilhan Omar (photo), 36. The latter won an overwhelming victory (more than 56 points ahead) in her Minnesota district. The Democrat succeeds Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress in 2006. Arriving at age 14 in the United States, the young woman fled the civil war in Somalia, before living for four years in a refugee camp in Kenya. Then she moved with her family to Minneapolis. Like his colleague Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar defends a progressive program: from universal health coverage to a minimum hourly wage of $ 15. Daughter of Palestinian immigrants and eldest of 14 siblings, Tlaib has also easily conquered her district of Detroit.