History was made on November 6 as two Muslim women, Rashid Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, were elected to the US House of Representatives. The duo are the first Muslim women elected to serve in Congress.
Tlaib had ran unopposed after securing the Democractic nomination in August, winning in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. While Omar defeated Republican Jennifer Zielinki in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.
Omar congratulated Tlaib on her victory and acknowledged that together they had made history.
Tlaib was born to Palestinian parents and had already become a part of history in 2008 when she became the first Muslim woman to be elected State Representative. She served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2009 to 2014.
She is a strong critic of President Trump and was was once kicked out of a Trump campaign event in 2016 after heckling the then-presidential nominee about treatment of women and other policies. She vowed to “fight back against every racist and oppressive structure that needs to be dismantled,” after she had secured the democratic nomination earlier this year.
Omar will also be the first Somali-American woman to be elected to Congress, and she arrived in the US more than 20 years ago as a refugee. In 2016, she had also become the first Somali-American Muslim legislator in the US, after being elected to serve in Minnesota’s House of representatives.
Omar will replace Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who was the first Muslim elected to Congress. Tlaib will replace long time Rep. John Conyers, who stepped down in December after sexual harassment allegations.