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Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI share the distinction of becoming the first Muslim women headed to the House of Representatives.

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.

In 2016 the one-time refugee became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature in the USA when she won a seat in the Minnesota House from Minneapolis, which has a large Somali community.

Omar will not only be among the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

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In 2008, she became the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislature. Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress.

Tlaib supports the anti-Semitic BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement against the state of Israel, which seeks to delegitimize and eventually extinguish the Jewish state. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah", Omar, who also won her election, said on Twitter.

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Omar (D), 36, fled war-torn Somalia in the '90s and lived in a refugee camp before moving to the US.

A fighter who once heckled US President Donald Trump during a 2016 campaign stop in Detroit, she says she didn't run to make history as Muslim.

Joining Ms Tlaib in Congress will be Ilhan. She will also be the first Somali-American in Congress.

"We did this, together", she wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

Omar was one of two Muslim women to win an election in Tuesday's midterms. This seat has been held by Democrats since 1963.

At a subcommittee hearing previous year, she lamented the policy positions that two veteran State Department diplomats had been required to present as representatives of the Trump administration.


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