1st Somali-American in Congress on her journey to making history

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

Omar stated that President Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to vie for the seat.

Omar shared her experience facing Islamophobia on the campaign trail, saying there are "people who are in positions of influence who look at someone like me, who's Muslim, who is a woman, a black woman, an immigrant, a refugee - and don't recognize me as an American".

On January 1, 2009, Rashida became the first Muslim American woman to serve in the Michigan Legislature, and the second Muslim woman in history to be elected to any USA state legislature.

She floored her, earlier perceived stronger, opponents with one being a prominent female politician, while two others were long-term servicemen in Minnesota's legislature.

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is seen after voting during midterm election in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 6, 2018.

"It just shows how incredibly wonderful our country can be", she said.

Tlaib was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents. In an interview with CBS Wednesday, the newly elected congresswoman said she plans on embracing refugees.

Omar's family fled Somalia in 1991 due to civil war.

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When the new Congress convenes in January 2019, for the first time it will have at least one Muslim woman among its ranks.

Tlaib's relatives in the West Bank village of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa greeted the news of her election with a mixture of pride and hope that she would be able to take on a U.S. administration widely seen as hostile to Muslims and the Palestinian cause.

Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian American, will take over the seat vacated by former Rep. John Conyers.

The victories by the two Democrats - Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib - came on an election night when members of multiple minority groups had a chance to score electoral firsts.

Omar spoke during her campaign about her opposition to President Trump's travel ban against Muslim countries.

MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.

Both women have served as state lawmakers.

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