For the first time in American history, two Muslim women were elected to Congress during Tuesday's midterm elections, which broke barriers of race and gender. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs.
"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. Her mother died when Ilhan was a child and she was raised by her father and grandfather.
No Republicans were on the ballot in the heavily Democratic district, which represents parts of Detroit and some suburbs. After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the USA when she was 14.
The Palestinian-American made history in 2008 by winning a seat on the Michigan Legislature, becoming the first Muslim woman to achieve this.
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Zielinski, a clinical specialist for Allina Health, had hoped to flip a seat that's been held by Democrats since the early 1960s - most recently by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who opted to run for state attorney general this year.
Omar, who engages in anti-Semitic rhetoric, has slandered Israel as an "apartheid regime" and called on "Allah" to "awaken the people" to see the "evil doings of Israel".
Omar considers herself a Democratic Socialist. She came to the USA more than two decades ago as a refugee.
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.
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There is also a lot of evidence that she may have married her brother and therefore committed massive immigration fraud, according to PJ Media.
Rashida played a major role in raising her siblings as her parents worked or relied on welfare are for support.
The high-profile cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour meant several winners will take office as trailblazers, marking firsts for their race and gender.
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