Somali woman who lived in Kenyan refugee camp elected to US Congress

Somali woman who lived in Kenyan refugee camp elected to US Congress

Ilhan ran from Minnesota's 5th district, a deeply Democratic area previously represented by a fellow Muslim, Keith Ellison, who won six terms from here.

In a historic result on couple of seats in the US midterm polls, Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American Ilhan Omar have become the first Muslim women elected to US Congress. After moving to the U.S.at the of 12 as a Somali refugee, Omar told TIME she grew a love for politics that was inspired by her grandfather, who loved the idea of democratic governments.

The 2018 US midterms, widely billed as a referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump, saw voters make history by electing Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar on the Democratic ballots as part of the wave of opposition that saw huge numbers of women running for public office.

Omar campaigned on a similarly progressive platform, which calls for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges.

Omar and Talib are among 100 or more Muslims who ran for office in 2018, an unprecedented surge in political engagement for a community targeted by policies meant to keep them on the sidelines.

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Republicans, who charge that the Democratic Party has departed from its pro-Israel bona fides point to Tlaib and Omar as proof.

Rashida is also the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress.

The 42-year-old was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents. Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress, in 2006.

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

Like Omar, she blazed a trail through MI politics, becoming the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislature in 2008. That may force her to resign from Detroit City Council to do so. "Yes, we marched outside the Capitol, but now we get to march into the Capitol", she wrote on Twitter this morning.

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