Ilhan Omar, Democrat
Member-elect of the U.S House of Representatives from Minnesota’s 5th district
“Omar will also be the first headscarf-wearing member of Congress, as well as the first Somali American US legislator, and the first woman of color to represent Minnesota in Congress.
Omar, a Somali refugee said, “My grandfather taught me that when you see injustice, you fight back,” she told the crowd. “You do not give in to sorrow, you do not give in to sadness. You organize, and you build with people.”
Minnesota, she said, not only welcomes immigrants, “we send them to Washington.” (source)
Rashida Tlaib, Democrat
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan’s 13th district
“Palestinians in the West Bank cheered on Wednesday morning as they awoke to the news that Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat, had been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Representing Michigan’s 13th congressional district, encompassing southwest Detroit and its western suburbs to the city of Dearborn, Tlaib, 42,made history along with Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar as they become the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Tlaib is also the first Palestinian-American woman elected to the legislative body. Both also ran on progressive Democrat platforms.” (source)
Congratulations to Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar