First two Muslim women elected to US Congress

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar took home 78 percent of the vote in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, becoming the first Somali-American, first refugee and first hijab-wearing Muslim woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tlaib won the congressional seat for Michigan's 13th district after former Representative John Conyers abruptly stepped down following sexual harassment allegations, leaving the seat vacant.

"I stand here before you tonight as your Congresswoman-elect with many firsts behind my name", Omar said in her victory speech, to loud cheers and applause.

Zielinski, a clinical specialist for Allina Health, had hoped to flip a seat that's been held by Democrats since the early 1960s - most recently by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who opted to run for state attorney general this year.

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

US Muslim civil rights groups say a lot of anti-Muslim rhetoric comes from the media, as well as the country's political establishment.

The 42-year-old Tlaib is a Palestinian-American.

Congresswoman Karen Bass, projected to win a fifth term in Tuesday's United States midterm elections, has visited Kenya twice in recent years.

MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.

She was born on July 24, 1976, to working-class Palestinian immigrants in Detroit and is the eldest of 14 children.

Congressman Chris Smith, the Republican who has headed the Africa subcommittee, opposed President Donals Trump's efforts to slash spending on USA aid to Africa.

On Tuesday night Democrats won control of the House, delivering a major blow to Trump in the first election since he became president in 2016.