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Tlaib, Omar join other women of colour who won big on Tuesday night; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress, and Ayanna Pressley became the first black congresswoman in MA.

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district.

She shared: "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible". "Yes, you're going to have to learn how to say our names", she is quoted by HuffPost.

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

Voters in Minnesota and MI this morning elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the US Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war and a Detroit-born Palestinian-American.

In addition to Omar and Tlaib, Tuesday's election saw several other historic firsts in the Democratic camp.

In the video, Tlaib delivered a victory speech in which she acknowledged her family watching from overseas in the Palestinian Authority-administered West Bank.


Jones lost the Democratic primary for the full term to Tlaib.

Omar is one of two Muslim women elected Tuesday to the U.S. House. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah", Omar, who also won her election, said on Twitter.

Her parents were Palestinian immigrants from the West Bank and Jerusalem.

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 was first elected to the chamber in 2016.

According to the former refugee, President Trump's politics of fear motivated her to get in the race, Aljazeera reported on Wednesday, November 7.


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