Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib Is The First Muslim Woman Elected To Congress

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Democrat Rashida Tlaib is expected to share this first with Ilhan Oman, who is favored to win in Minnesota.

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib has become the first Muslim woman elected to the U.S. Congress, winning her race after running unopposed, according to Buzzfeed News.

Tlaib, 42, will share the honor with Ilhan Omar, 36, who is expected to win in Minnesota; both previously served as state lawmakers.

> In addition to the “first,” she is expected to share with Tlaib, Omar will likely be the first headscarf-wearing member of Congress, as well as the first Somali American US legislator, and the first woman of color to represent Minnesota in Congress.

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> Their election would be a milestone in any year but is especially symbolic as a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s fearmongering about Islam and immigrants. Omar and Tlaib are among 100 or more Muslims who ran for office in 2018, an unprecedented surge in political engagement for a community targeted by policies intended to keep them on the sidelines.

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