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Tlaib, a Detroit Democrat, will be the first Muslim woman to serve in Congress. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, a Detroit native, became the first Muslim elected to the chamber in 2007 and, along with Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, is one of two Muslims now serving in the U.S. House.

A former refugee at Daadab in Kenya will now be part of the 435-member US House of Representatives following her victory in the Minnesota congress elections.

The Minneapolis woman campaigned on policies embraced by the Democratic Party's most liberal wing: universal healthcare, free college tuition and robust public housing.

Ilhan Omar in an October file photo.

Omar, 36, fled her homeland of Somalia at the age of eight and lived in a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating with family to the United States.

Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the US, for which she was featured in Firsts, TIME's multimedia project on trailblazing women have broken glass ceilings in their respective fields.

Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress.

Like Omar, she blazed a trail through MI politics, becoming the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislature in 2008.

Tlaib, 42, also has a history of breaking barriers: In 2008 she became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature.

Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, ran essentially unopposed in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, which includes Detroit. Minnesota state data showed Omar winning by a large margin, and MI media reported that Tlaib had won. Her parents were both born in Palestine.

A total of 239 women were on the ballot for the midterms.

Voters in the United States (US) went to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, to participate in midterm elections that will help define the fate of President Donald Trump's first term in office after two years.


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