Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Muslim women elected to US Congress for the first time

Muslim women elected to US Congress for the first time

She dedicated her victory, in part, to the Palestinian cause: "A lot of my strength comes from being Palestinian", she said.

"You all know that I did not run to be a first - I ran because I came to this country, I heard of its promises".

Another Muslim woman, Ilhan Omar, who is running in Minnesota's 5th District, is also expected to win. Both Tlaib and Omar have extreme anti-Israel views.

Two Muslim women have been elected to the House of Representatives for the first time.

Her expected takeover of the top post of the House's Africa panel will probably not result, however, in major shifts in USA policy. "We hope and are confident that your performance in Congress will be distinguished and will encourage the American public to elect more young women who are courageous, honest and efficient".

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.

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Meanwhile, The Democratic Party's takeover of the US House of Representatives will likely result in an African-American woman becoming chair of the chamber's Africa policy sub-committee.

Rashida Tlaib is the first Palestinian American in Congress, representing Michigan's 13th Congressional District.

A fighter who once heckled US President Donald Trump during a 2016 campaign stop in Detroit, she says she didn't run to make history as Muslim. The win was momentous for a number of reasons, not just that Democrats can now challenge Trump and the Republican party agenda. The midterms were a heated period in American politics that were seen as a referendum on Trump, which was one reason why many minorities and women of color made a decision to run for office. She has captured national attention because of her life story as a refugee who made her way into elected office.

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

The Palestinian-American Muslim ran under the Democratic Party, having previously served six years in the state legislature.

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