First two Muslim women elected to US Congress

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Jim Mone and Rebecca Cook AP REUTERS

Rashida Tlaib has become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.

Keith Ellison was the first Muslim to win a seat in Congress.

In an interview with Elle magazine in September this year, Ms Omar opened up about her Somalia background and shared what it was like to arrive in the United States for the first time as a child of 10.

"I want you to know my mom, who is from a small village in the West Bank, they're literally the TV - my grandmother, my aunts, my uncles in Palestine - are sitting by and watching their granddaughter", the 42-year-old daughter of Palestinian immigrants said after her win, bursting into tears.

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Ilhan Omar in an October file photo. Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress. Her real victory came when she won the Democratic primary.

Tlaib said at a summit celebrating women of color in politics.

Bassam Tlaib added that his niece had "stood against Trump" at a time when "even our Arab leaders are unwilling to face (him)".

Omar is the first refugee ever elected to Congress and one of the first two Muslim women. Congressman Andre Carson, who is Muslim and African American, won re-election in his safely-Democratic district in the state of Indiana.

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He told the crowd that "large numbers of Somali refugees [are] coming into your state without your knowledge, without your support or approval, and with some of them then joining ISIS and spreading their extremist views all over our country and all over the world".

Democratic candidate for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District Sharice Davids speaks to supporters during an election night party on November 6, 2018 in Olathe, Kansas.

One other Palestinian-American was on the ballot on Tuesday: Ammar Campa-Najjar, the grandson of a Palestinian terrorist who was Yasser Arafat's deputy and was involved in the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, lost in California's 50th congressional district.

MA will also be getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators.

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