Former Somali Refugee At Dadaab Ilhan Omar Elected To US Congress

Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim woman elected to Congress

She has stated that President Donald Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to run for the seat. She will also be the first Somali-American in Congress.

Fresh off of becoming the first Somali-American elected to Congress, Ilhan Omar said Wednesday that she's still enjoying being known for her firsts.

Omar won a House seat in a strongly Democratic district in Minneapolis, Minnesota, succeeding Keith Ellison.

Two Midwestern states will both be the first to send Muslim women to Congress come 2019.

The Turkish Embassy in Somalia also wrote a congratulatory message on its Twitter account hailing Omar's election to Congress.

Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot.

Ms Omar beat out five other Democratic contenders for Mr Ellison's seat.

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Tlaib won by a landslide in a district that includes parts of Detroit and its suburbs. "And when I looked around this district, [I saw] many who have never known the bounty of the American promise, the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", Omar said.

Omar said she's looking forward to going to Washington "to join a very diverse, bold progressive caucus" and work to expand funding for infrastructure projects, expanding the availability of health care and strengthening education.

The Democrat lived at the Daad refugee camp in Kenya for four years and could not even speak English at the time she relocated to the US.

Meanwhile in the Senate - the upper chamber of Congress - it looks likely the Republican Party will hold a majority with 51 seats against the Democrats' 43.

Democrats are expected to take some heat for this win. "It became about the changing the narrative" surrounding immigrants and women of color who run for office.

Kristi Noem is the first woman to be elected governor of South Dakota.

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.

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