First time in US history: Two Muslim women elected to US House of Representatives

Ilhan omar and Rashida Tlaib

For the first time in US history the US House of Representatives will have two Muslim women among its members .

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have become the first Muslim women  elected to Congress after both Democrats won their congressional midterm 2018 races.

Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim to ever become a lawmaker when elected to the Minnesota’s House of Representatives in 2016, is now one of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress. Omar replaces Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, after winning the Democratic primary for his seat in August.

Omar, whose platform included support for Medicare for All, criminal justice reform and the increase of minimum wage, won the seat over Republican Jennifer Zielinski. Along with being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, Omar is the first Somali-American elected to the post.

Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Detroit who is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, ran unopposed in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District to become one of the first Muslim women in Congress as well. Like Omar, Tlaib championed progressive policies, including a Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage and immigration reform.

Omar and Tlaib join Congress in a year that saw a record number of women  running for office and smashing records — Stacey Abrams sought to become the first black governor in the U.S. while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress.


  1. I wish them well. Take special pride in the Minnesotan as an alumnus of her university and the Michigander as the dad of an alumnus of her university. They would have to work twice as hard and I know they would. Bravo!

  2. These Women should work hard to make Halala a legal practice for women in USA, also 4 wives and wife beating as per quran should also be made legal practices for Muslim in USA. These women can bring bill on there own.

    • Only American English is used in the US Congress. Just for curiosity, the Indian parliament had had several MPs from the same faith being ridiculed by the learned “anonymous”, albeit too impotent to disclose its identity. My advice to my esteemed Congresswomen would be to ignore it, for the simple reason that it had offensive errors of spelling/grammar in a 2-sentence “sarcastic remarks”. Besides, the references alluded to need to be vetted/substantiated.


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