Congress bound, Minnesota's Ilhan Omar enjoys another first

Congress bound, Minnesota's Ilhan Omar enjoys another first

United States voters elected two Muslim women, both Democrats, to Congress on November 6, 2018, marking a historic first in a country where anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise, American networks reported.

Taking control of the lower chamber of congress for the first time in eight years will enable Democrats thwart some of the president's agenda. The next words: Alhamdulillah.

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Minnesota's first Somali-American state representative has made history: She is now the country's first Somali-American elected to Congress.

Minnesota's Ilhan Omar joined "The View" on Wednesday to talk about her journey making history as the first Somali-American to win a seat in U.S. Congress. A proud Palestinian, Tlaib has also been an advocate for Palestinian rights and is an outspoken critic of Trump. She ran unopposed in a congressional district that stretches from Detroit to Dearborn, Michigan.

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Omar (D), 36, fled war-torn Somalia in the '90s and lived in a refugee camp before moving to the US.

Her family settled in Minnesota in 1997, where there is a sizable Somali population.

Tlaib is the oldest of 14 children born to Palestinian immigrants, and is the second Palestinian American elected to Congress after Michigan Republican Justin Amash, BuzzFeed reported.

The high-profile midterm cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of color meant several winners will take office as trailblazers, marking firsts for their race and gender.

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

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