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Meet Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim woman to be elected to the congress

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar made history last night. The two are the first Muslim women to be elected in Congress.


Tlaib, born of Palestinian parents, first made history in 2008 when she became the first Muslim woman to be elected state representative. From 2009 to 2014, she served in the Michigan House of Representatives, where she provided millions of dollars for free hospitals, Meals on Wheels programs for seniors, and pre-school and post-school education, according to her campaign website.

A strong critic of President Trump, she was kicked out of a ticket lunch in Detroit in 2016 after verbally abusing the then-presidential candidate for his policies and his earlier treatment of women. After winning her first victory in August, she pledged to "defend herself against any racist and oppressive structure that needs dismantling," and criticized the president for his harsh treatment of immigrants.



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