First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives

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

She'll be joined by Ilhan Omar, a Muslim woman elected who won her race in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District.

American voters have made history by sending two Muslim women to Congress for the first time.

She is expected to share the honour with Somali-American Ilhan Omar, who was leading the opinion polls in Minnesota.

Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the US, for which she was featured in Firsts, TIME's multimedia project on trailblazing women have broken glass ceilings in their respective fields.

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

Omar, who arrived in the United States at the age of 14 after fleeing civil war in Somalia and lived in Kenya's Dadaab camp, campaigned on a platform which called for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges.

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Congresswoman Karen Bass, projected to win a fifth term in Tuesday's USA midterm elections, has visited Kenya twice in recent years. In an interview with CBS Wednesday, the newly elected congresswoman said she plans on embracing refugees. Minnesota state data showed Omar winning by a large margin, and MI media reported that Tlaib had won. "When people were selling the politics of fear and division and destruction, we were talking about hope".

Ilhan's father, Nur Omar Mohamed, is a teacher trainer.

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.

His approach reflects a long-standing Republican-Democratic congressional consensus on Africa issues that has not been eroded by Mr Trump's indifference or occasional belligerence toward the continent.

Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress. Ellison was elected Tuesday to be Minnesota attorney general.

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