Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Become First Muslim Women Elected to Congress
Democrats Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) and Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) both won their races for House seats on Tuesday 11/8/2018 during the Midterm Elections, becoming the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress.
Rashida Tlaib, will fill the seat formerly occupied by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who left office last year amid accusations of sexual misconduct.
Ilhan Omar won Minnesota’s strongly Democratic fifth congressional district, replacing the first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, who vacated his seat to run in the state’s attorney general race.
Only two other Muslims have been elected to Congress, and both are men currently in office: Keith Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson.