Muslim women make history with wins in Michigan, Minnesota

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI share the distinction of becoming the first Muslim women headed to the House of Representatives.

As of 9:46 p.m. on November 6, media outlets have also declared Andy Levin, Debbie Dingell, and Brenda Lawrence winners in their respective U.S. House races.

Omar, a Somalia-born community activist who served a single term in the Minnesota Legislature, easily won Tuesday's election for the Minneapolis-area congressional district being vacated by Rep. Keith Ellison.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported a 21 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the first six months of 2018.

"Because this is about electing the jury to impeach @POTUS and I will make a heck of juror", Tlaib said in a tweet aimed at U.S. President Donald Trump.

In August, she emerged as the victor 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. Tlaib won that race.

Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, is a well-known community activist in her solidly Democratic district, working tirelessly to encourage Native Americans - who make up two percent of the USA population - to vote.

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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.

Another Muslim woman, Ilhan Omar, who is running in Minnesota's 5th District, is also expected to win.

"It is a district that is very much interested in making sure our progressive values are represented", she said in an interview with MinnPost.

The victories by the two Democrats - Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib - came on an election night when members of multiple minority groups had a chance to score electoral firsts.

The former state representative also ran on a liberal platform, backing Medicare for All, immigration reform and a call to overturn Trump's executive order banning most people from five Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.

The high-profile cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour meant several winners will take office as trailblazers, marking firsts for their race and gender. She spent four years in Dadaab until her family was cleared to emigrate to the US.

No Republicans were on the ballot in the heavily Democratic district, which represents parts of Detroit and some suburbs.

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