Democrat Ilhan Omar becomes one of the first Muslim women in Congress

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Democrat Ilhan Omar becomes one of the first Muslim women in Congress

November 6, 2018| Arlaadi Online

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Democrat Ilhan Omar becomes one of the first Muslim women elected to the House of Representatives. Jeff Baenen/AP

Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar has become one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, easily winning the election in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District — the Minneapolis-area district previously represented by Keith Ellison — on Tuesday.

Omar, a 36-year-old Somali refugee who immigrated to the United States as a teenager, beat Republican Jennifer Zielinski to take Ellison’s seat, which he vacated to run for Minnesota attorney general.

The district, covering Minneapolis and some surrounding suburbs, is deep blue, so Omar was expected to be elected to the House in November. The voters elected Ellison for six terms before he sought the attorney general’s office.

The makeup of the district has allowed progressive politics to flourish. Omar ran on a platform that embraced the left, including Medicare-for-all, a $15 minimum wage, and tuition-free college.

Omar said President Trump’s “politics of fear” motivated her to get in the race. Read more Democrat Ilhan Omar becomes one of the first Muslim women in Congress

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