1st Somali-American in Congress on her journey to making history

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nominee, will secure their respective seats in strongly Democratic districts following primary victories earlier this year that effectively decided their races.

Americans for the first time sent a Muslim woman to Congress - actually two: Palestinian American Rashida Tlaib, of MI, and Somali American Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota.

Because Democrats will have more money, staff, and political leverage over congressional committees, increased efforts to launch investigations into President Trump's tax returns, which will contain information on his income and taxes, and his campaign's involvement with Russian Federation are expected.

Omar, a Somali-American was once a refugee, while Tlaib is the first Pakistani-American woman in congress.

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The Palestinian-American made history in 2008 by winning a seat on the Michigan Legislature, becoming the first Muslim woman to achieve this. When the Minneapolis-area 5th District congressional seat became open this summer, Omar jumped into the race and won the Democratic nomination.

"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".

Omar, another Democrat, is a Somali-American who came to the US over two decades ago as a refugee.

Omar, who engages in anti-Semitic rhetoric, has slandered Israel as an "apartheid regime" and called on "Allah" to "awaken the people" to see the "evil doings of Israel".

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She is expected to share the honour with Somali-American Ilhan Omar, who was leading the opinion polls in Minnesota. She campaigned in favor of single-payer health care, tighter gun control and more inclusive immigration policies.

Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress. Ellison was elected Tuesday to be Minnesota attorney general. "I couldn't sit on the sidelines", she said.

The women, both Democrats, include Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American and former refugee Ilhan Omar. While she said there will be opportunities for Democrats to find compromise with President Donald Trump on some issues, such as infrastructure, she added, "there is a real opportunity for us to make that sure that we have a Congress that does its job".

She won 78 percent of the vote over Republican Jennifer Zielinski.

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