Tlaib, Omar join other women of colour who won big on Tuesday night; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress, and Ayanna Pressley became the first black congresswoman in MA. "I'm Muslim and Black and was coming from a Muslim-majority country where everyone was Black", she said. Ellison himself was the first Muslim elected to Congress more than a decade ago.
Omar was elected in Minnesota's 5th district, a heavily Democratic area that includes Minneapolis and surrounding areas.
"I stand here before you tonight as your Congresswoman-elect with many firsts behind my name", Omar said in her victory speech, to loud cheers and applause.
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The 65-year-old Democrat, who represents a Los Angeles district, travelled with Barack Obama on his first presidential trip to his father's homeland in 2015.
Her election comes during a presidential administration seen as fanning anger against Muslims and enacting anti-Muslim policies. "Yes, we marched outside the Capitol, but now we get to march into the Capitol", she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. She ran a grass roots campaign that took on the "Queens Democratic Party machine" and championed progressive proposals, such as the abolition of the Immigration Customs Enforcement (Ice), a single-payer health care plan and tuition-free college.
Omar will succeed Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, who was elected as Minnesota's next attorney general on Tuesday.
Omar was born in Somalia.
State Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, defeated Republican Jennifer Zielinski in the race to represent the state's Fifth District, which spans Minneapolis, Edina, Richfield, Golden Valley and other Minneapolis suburbs.
The Palestinian-American Muslim ran under the Democratic Party, having previously served six years in the state legislature. Her views align with the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party.