In a first, 2 Muslim women get elected in US Congress
In a first, 2 Muslim women get elected in US Congress
Rashida Tlaib ran unopposed for Rep. John Conyers old seat
07 November, 2018, 13:18
Ilhan, 37, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, on October 4, 1981.
Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the U.S.
In a seat that has historically been held by Democrats, Ilhan Omar (D) won the bid for the state's 5th Congressional District, defeating Jennifer Zielinski (R) for an open spot left by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah", Omar, who also won her election, said on Twitter.
Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim to be elected to the Minnesota legislature or any elected office in the United States, is also part of a historic wave of women looking to clinch higher.
Ilhan's father, Nur Omar Mohamed, is a teacher trainer.
Omar, who arrived in the USA 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. A proud Palestinian, Tlaib has also been an advocate for Palestinian rights and is an outspoken critic of Trump. He resigned his position to run to be Minnesota's attorney general.
Omar is running in Minnesota's strongly Democratic fifth congressional district. Although her election was officially announced on Tuesday, she was elected unopposed as no one came forward to challenge Rashida in another deeply Democratic district.
Two years ago, she became the first Somali-American to win a seat in a state legislature, on the same night Republican Donald Trump won the presidency after a campaign in which he called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States.
Rashida played a major role in raising her siblings as her parents worked or relied on welfare are for support.
"I'm Muslim and black", the hijab-wearing Omar said in a recent magazine interview.
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