Rashida Tlaib: First Palestinian-American woman in US Congress

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Although Muslim men have been elected to Congress before, Ilhan and Rashida are the first Muslim women to represent Americans in the US House of Representatives.

A Somali-American refugee from Minnesota and a Palestinian-American activist from MI made history on Tuesday as the first two Muslim women elected to the United States House of Representatives. Omar, a refugee from Somalia, is the first Somali-American Muslim woman to hold public office.

Omar was leading with more than 80% of the vote when the Associated Press called the race for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District at 8:33 p.m.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported a 21 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the first six months of 2018. Jones, in turn, had won a separate primary to fill the term of John Conyers, who resigned last December after multiple charges of sexual harassment. After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the USA when she was 14. Tlaib won that race. She campaigned on a progressive platform and won the endorsement of the Democratic Party's fledging progressive wing, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The 42-year-old was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

In addition to being one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman to join congressional ranks.

Both women have served as state lawmakers.

She has become "a source of pride for Palestine and the entire Arab and Muslim world", her uncle Bassam Tlaib told Reuters on Tuesday.

She said although her disdain for President Donald Trump's policies on immigration, health care and other issues motivated her to run, that was not the only reason.

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

Recommended News

  • United States  ratchets up pressure on Iran with resumption of sanctions

    United States ratchets up pressure on Iran with resumption of sanctions

    The restrictions officially end all economic gains the USA permitted Iran after the nuclear agreement of 2015. On Sunday, some Iranians marked the 39 anniversary of the seizure of the USA embassy in Tehran in 1979.
    Jamie Carragher Delivers Some Home Truths For Liverpool Fans On MNF

    Jamie Carragher Delivers Some Home Truths For Liverpool Fans On MNF

    We can not drop points, we need to work hard, keep improving and let's see on that day if we have the chance to do it. On Saturday evening, Liverpool extended their Premier League unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw away at Arsenal.
    Utah mayor, deployed to Afghanistan, is killed in attack

    Utah mayor, deployed to Afghanistan, is killed in attack

    Taylor's death was confirmed by North Ogden City Councilman Phil Swanson, who spoke with FOX 13 Salt Lake City . Gary Herbert and Burton were scheduled to speak to the media on Sunday afternoon.
  • Nevada brothel owner, found dead last month, wins state legislative seat

    Nevada brothel owner, found dead last month, wins state legislative seat

    He said Mr Hof " died quietly in his sleep " at Love Ranch - one of the brothels he operated in Crystal, Nevada. Mr Hof ran as an outspoken Republican for Nevada's Assembly District 36 before his death at the age of 72.
    Messi in Barcelona squad to face Inter Milan despite fractured arm

    Messi in Barcelona squad to face Inter Milan despite fractured arm

    Upfront, Luis Suarez is another player who has stepped up in Messi's absence, and should be focal point of the Barcelona attack. Inter need a win to all but book their passage to the last 16 in a group which also includes Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven.
    Amazon is changing its free shipping option for the holiday season

    Amazon is changing its free shipping option for the holiday season

    About $720 billion in sales are up for grabs for the Black Friday shopping weekend, according to the National Retail Federation . Amazon is offering free shipping for all customers for a limited time this holiday, starting November 5 .
  • The Democrats in the age of Trump

    The Democrats in the age of Trump

    In suburban areas where key House races will be decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin. Trump's response to the court decision was to call Kemp's campaign "extraordinary" and attack his Democrat opponent Stacy Abrams.
    Enable wins Breeders' Cup Turf

    Enable wins Breeders' Cup Turf

    It was the seventh win for the four-year-old Irish-bred filly who was sent off as the 3-1 second choice. Ballydoyle trainer O'Brien has trained 124 Breeders' Cup starters, with 12 wins.
    Milner milestone in vain as Arsenal holds Liverpool

    Milner milestone in vain as Arsenal holds Liverpool

    But also, we need the regularity of every match and the next match against Wolverhampton here, is the same. "It was very intense". Arsenal brought pretty much all of their strikers [on]... "I was actually waiting for Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp".
  • IPhone XR isn't selling as well as Apple anticipated, production reportedly cut

    IPhone XR isn't selling as well as Apple anticipated, production reportedly cut

    Apple's lower-priced XR model was expected to be popular over the holiday season, luring owners of older iPhones to upgrade. However, the update also brought the Performance Management for the battery to iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X .
    US  job growth rebounds; strong annual wage gain expected

    US job growth rebounds; strong annual wage gain expected

    That boosted the annual increase in wages to 3.1 per cent, the biggest gain since April 2009, from 2.8 per cent in September . Many of employers' most recent hires had struggled through much of the nation's 10-year recovery from the Great Recession.
    Lankan leader to convene parliament next week

    Lankan leader to convene parliament next week

    Sirisena suspended Parliament in an apparent attempt to give Rajapaksa time to muster support to survive any no-confidence vote. Thousands of Sri Lankans also protested in the capital in the past week demanding Sirisena immediately convene Parliament.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.