Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim congresswoman

Ilhan Omar is expected to follow soon after. For a look at Tlaib and others who might make history tonight

 

Both Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are running in Democrat-safe seats, and if, as expected, they win their respective races, they will jointly become the first Muslim congresswomen.

Tlaib, a Palestinian American, is running for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District without a competitor.

Omar, who arrived in the US at the age of 14 after fleeing civil war in Somalia, is contesting Minnesota’s 5th District.

Omar would also be the first Somali American to serve in the US Congress.