Former Kenyan Refugee, Ilhan Omar Wins in US Elections in Minnesota

Hannah Rogers
November 8, 2018

"And that if you just believe, believe in the possibility of someone like me".

Although Muslim men have been elected to Congress before, Ilhan and Rashida are the first Muslim women to represent Americans in the US House of Representatives.

Tlaib won the congressional seat for Michigan's 13th district after former Representative John Conyers abruptly stepped down following sexual harassment allegations, leaving the seat vacant.

The Democrat lived at the Daad refugee camp in Kenya for four years and could not even speak English at the time she relocated to the US.

Minnesota's Ilhan Omar joined "The View" on Wednesday to talk about her journey making history as the first Somali-American to win a seat in U.S. Congress.

She stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday. A proud Palestinian, Tlaib has also been an advocate for Palestinian rights and is an outspoken critic of Trump.

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Her real victory came when she won the Democratic primary.

Omar will fill the seat of Rep. Keith Ellison (D), who is running for the state attorney general and is also a Muslim. Her parents were both born in Palestine.

At an August campaign event, Omar affirmed her belief in Israel's right to exist, saying it was "important for us to recognize Israel's place in the Middle East and the Jewish people's rightful place within that region". Omar, a refugee from Somalia, is the first Somali-American Muslim woman to hold public office.

She was first elected to the chamber in 2016.

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

Democrats took control of the lower house of Congress, but the USA president escaped a feared "blue wave" as his Republicans bolstered their Senate majority.

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