Meet the first Muslim women elected to Congress

Tlaib, a 42-year-old Palestinian-American from Detroit, ran unopposed in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. The Democrat campaigned on progressive policies, including a $15 minimum wage, immigration reform and Medicare for All.

Tlaib replaces Rep. John Conyers, who resigned last December amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Democrat Ilhan Omar, who made history in 2016 when she became the first Somali-American legislator in the country, defeated Republican Jennifer Zielinski to win Minnesota’s fifth congressional district. The Somali refugee replaces the first Muslim congressman, Rep. Keith Ellison, who left Congress to run for attorney general.

Omar, 37, has also championed a progressive platform, focusing on topics like universal healthcare, tuition-free college education and criminal justice reform.

Before Tlaib and Omar, only two other Muslims had been elected to Congress, both men currently in office: Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson.


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