Woman Who Lived in Kenyan Refugee Camp Wins USA Elections

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

Rashida Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, and Somali-American Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to the US House of Representatives, after winning their contests in MI and Minnesota.

Self-described Democratic Socialist Ilhan Omar won Minnesota's 5th District race, where she easily defeated Republican activist Jennifer Zielinski on a platform that includes health care for all and a $15 minimum wage.

"I'm going to speak truth to power", Tlaib told the Detroit Free Press on election night on Tuesday.

"We believe that together - together we can organize around the politics of hope and make sure that not only do we have the America we believe in, but the America we deserve", Omar said at her victory party in August, according to the Star-Tribune.

Congressman Andre Carson, who is Muslim and African American, won re-election in his safely-Democratic district in the state of Indiana.

Ocasio-Cortez easily won election in her district which spans parts of the NY boroughs of Queens and the Bronx.

Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib was another Muslim woman elected to the US Congress.

In Michigan, Rashida Tlaib, 42, was elected to represent the 13th district, which is one of the safest Democratic seats.

On January 1, 2009, Rashida became the first Muslim American woman to serve in the Michigan Legislature, and the second Muslim woman in history to be elected to any U.S. state legislature. Tlaib won that race. "What I defend is ideas", she said.

The legislature consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives (which Omar has been elected to) and the Senate. She spent four years in Dadaab until her family was cleared to emigrate to the US.

US Muslim civil rights groups say a lot of anti-Muslim rhetoric comes from the media, as well as the country's political establishment.

No Republicans were on the ballot in the heavily Democratic district, which represents parts of Detroit and some suburbs.

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