Friday, 16 November, 2018

U.S. midterms: first Muslim women elected to congress

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives
Glenn Montgomery | 08 November, 2018, 05:08

Omar's victory amounts to another first: She and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, who also won Tuesday night, will become the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress.

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

"The first woman of color to represent our state in Congress, the first woman to wear a hijab, the first refugee ever elected to Congress and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress".

She shared: "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".

Pressley stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday.

Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the USA, for which she was featured in Firsts, TIME's multimedia project on trailblazing women have broken glass ceilings in their respective fields.

The attorney and former state legislator is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants.

Georgia governor's race candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, and Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum was bidding to become the first black governor of Florida.

In recent interviews Tlaib has voiced support for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, slashing USA military aid to Israel and efforts to boycott the Jewish state. Both Tlaib and Omar have extreme anti-Israel views.

Her parents were Palestinian immigrants from the West Bank and Jerusalem.

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

Also elected for the first time in MA was a black Congresswoman.

Omar said President Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to get in the race.

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