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Rashida Tlaib will be the nation's first Muslim woman in Congress

08 November 2018
Rashida Tlaib will be the nation's first Muslim woman in Congress

- Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) November 7, 20184/ Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

It was an easy win on Tuesday - her race was uncontested by any candidate from another major party.

Talking to media outlet, Rashida Tlaib said: "The first thing I think about when somebody says you're going to be the first Muslim is celebrate this moment". The news site said she was criticized by some Palestinian activists for being too engaged with pro-Israel lobbyists, and from some left-leaning Jewish activists who criticized her call for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Tlaib (D) is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and ran a progressive campaign.

She is not only the second Muslim women elected in Congress but also the first Somali-American.

"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".

Omar and Tlaib are among 100 or more Muslims who ran for office in 2018, an unprecedented surge in political engagement, reported BuzzFeed.

The victory of Palestinian-American Talib, 42, was no surprise.

Omar shared her experience facing Islamophobia on the campaign trail, saying there are "people who are in positions of influence who look at someone like me, who's Muslim, who is a woman, a black woman, an immigrant, a refugee - and don't recognize me as an American".

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

She was first elected to the chamber in 2016. They will join a record number of women in Congress.

Democrats took control of the lower house of Congress, but the United States president escaped a feared "blue wave" as his Republicans bolstered their Senate majority.