First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is seen after voting during midterm election in Minneapolis Minnesota

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is seen after voting during midterm election in Minneapolis Minnesota

The 2018 USA midterms, widely billed as a referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump, saw voters make history by electing Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar on the Democratic ballots as part of the wave of opposition that saw huge numbers of women running for public office.

Tlaib took Michigan's 13th congressional district in a race in which she was the sole major party candidate.

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".

When the new Congress convenes in January 2019, for the first time it will have at least one Muslim woman among its ranks. "And that if you just believe in the possibility of someone like me", Talib added.

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

Omar also had the backing of Ocasio-Cortez in her primary race, and she will come to Congress having been an open critic of the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians.

Tlaib was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents. She arrived in the U.S., aged 14, after fleeing civil war in Somalia. She will succeed the first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, who vacated the seat to run for Minnesota's Attorney General.

She campaigned on a platform calling for free tuition and promising to fight to expand Medicare coverage to all Americans.

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