Rashida Tlaib is first Muslim woman elected to U.S. Congress

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are set to become the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress

They are the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Omar will fill the seat of Rep. Keith Ellison (D), who is running for the state attorney general and is also a Muslim.

Tlaib, who ran unopposed after securing the Democratic nomination in August, won in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, and Omar, who faced Republican Jennifer Zielinki, won in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District.

Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress after winning in Tuesdays midterm elections. It was her first run and she lost by a small margin. The Democratic party chose not to believe Monahan's claims, despite having just believed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in a three-decades old drunken allegation against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Sending her best wishes to Tlaib on the shared historic achievement, Omar wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations to my sister @RashidaTlaib on your victory!"

Both women have served as state lawmakers.

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Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 60B, Minneapolis.

American voters have made history by sending two Muslim women to Congress for the first time. Congressman Andre Carson, who is Muslim and African American, won re-election in his safely-Democratic district in the state of Indiana.

Omar, who came to the United States at age 14, is also a progressive, and she focused on universal health care and tuition-free colleges.

But the president escaped a feared "blue wave" as his Republicans bolstered their Senate majority after a polarizing, racially charged campaign.

Tlaib, a Palestinian American, will take over the seat vacated by former Rep. John Conyers.

At a subcommittee hearing previous year, she lamented the policy positions that two veteran State Department diplomats had been required to present as representatives of the Trump administration.

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