Rashida Tlaib is first Muslim woman elected to U.S. Congress

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Born in Mogadishu and came to the United States in 1995 at 14-years-old. She ran unopposed in a congressional district that stretches from Detroit to Dearborn, Michigan.

Omar will also be the first Congress member to wear a Muslim hijab, or head scarf.

"I chose to run because I was one of many people I knew who really wanted to demonstrate what representative democracies are supposed to be", she said.

Omar, who arrived in the United States at the age of 14 after fleeing civil war in Somalia and lived in Kenya's Dadaab camp, campaigned on a platform which called for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges. Eventually, she learnt the language by watching television.

Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress. She supports free college education, housing for all, and criminal justice reform. She campaigned in favor of single-payer health care, tighter gun control and more inclusive immigration policies.

Tlaib, 42, was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

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"We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".

"I ran because of injustices and because of my boys, who are questioning their (Muslim) identity and whether they belong", Tlaib said in an U.S. television interview in August. I will be using my position in Congress so that no country, not one, should be able to get aid from the USA when they still promote that kind of injustice.

She also recognized Michigan's Rashida Tlaib who is also Muslim for winning.

Tlaib will fill the seat formerly occupied by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who left office a year ago amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

The seat she won is in a predominantly African American congressional district with few Muslim voters. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs.

She said her political life began attending local Democratic Farmer Labor party caucuses with her grandfather after arriving in the US. "It just shows how incredibly wonderful our country can be", she said.

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