First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives

  • First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives

First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives

Omar, a Somali refugee, won a seat in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she will succeed Keith Ellison - the first Muslim elected to Congress.

Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib are also the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Ilhan, 37, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, on October 4, 1981. Omar was favoured to take a seat in Congress after winning her Democratic primary in a heavily left-leaning Minnesota voting district.

A hijab wearing mother of three, Ilhan is married to a Somali-American Ahmed Hirsi.

Democrats took control of the lower house of Congress, but the USA president escaped a feared "blue wave" as his Republicans bolstered their Senate majority.

The Palestinian-American won the Democrat primary for the seat in August with around a third of the total vote share.

Republicans who charge that the Democratic Party has departed from its pro-Israel bona fides point to Tlaib and Omar as proof. Her mother died when Ilhan was a child and she was raised by her father and grandfather. The first woman of colour to represent our State in congress.

In addition to being one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman to join congressional ranks.

"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.

Ahead of the race, Tlaib told CBS: "The first thing I think about when somebody says you're going to be the first Muslim is celebrate this moment".

The Palestinian-American Muslim ran under the Democratic Party, having previously served six years in the state legislature.

There is also a lot of evidence that she may have married her brother and therefore committed massive immigration fraud, according to PJ Media.

Rashida played a major role in raising her siblings as her parents worked or relied on welfare are for support.