The newly elected Omar celebrates with her supporters after her victory in Minneapolis.
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A onetime Somali refugee and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants shared the historic distinction Tuesday of becoming the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress. Both women Ilhan Omar, 37, and Rashida Tlaib, 42 are Democrats from the Midwest and are outspoken advocates of minority communities that have found themselves in the sights of U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies.Omar won a House seat in a strongly Democratic district in Minneapolis, Minnesota, succeeding Keith Ellison.Ellison was himself the first Muslim ever to be elected to Congress.Her family settled in Minnesota in 1997, where there is a sizable Somali population.She won a seat in the state's legislature back in 2016, becoming the first Somali-American lawmaker in the country.Omar has forged a progressive political identity.
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