2 Mus­lim women elected to House

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - RELIGION -

Amer­i­cans for the first time sent a Mus­lim woman to Congress — ac­tu­ally two: Pales­tinian Amer­i­can Rashida Tlaib, of Michi­gan, and So­mali Amer­i­can Il­han Omar, of Min­nesota.

Tlaib won Michi­gan’s 13th Con­gres­sional District and Omar won Min­nesota’s 5th Con­gres­sional District, re­plac­ing the first Mus­lim mem­ber of Congress, Keith El­li­son, who on Tues­day be­came the state’s at­tor­ney gen­eral.

The women show a bit of the di­ver­sity of Mus­lims in the United States, one of the coun­try’s most di­verse groups. No sin­gle ra­cial or eth­nic group ac­counts for a ma­jor­ity among Mus­lim im­mi­grants, ac­cord­ing to the Pew Re­search Cen­ter. Omar is re­port­edly the first refugee elected to Congress.

Tlaib is a 42-year-old Detroit na­tive. Her cam­paign plat­form in­cluded pledges to se­cure a $15 min­i­mum wage, pre­vent­ing cuts to wel­fare pro­grams such as Medi­care and So­cial Se­cu­rity, as well as stop­ping tax re­lief to large cor­po­ra­tions, ac­cord­ing to Al Jazeera.

Omar, who came to the United States at age 14, is also a pro­gres­sive, and she fo­cused on uni­ver­sal health care and tu­ition-free col­leges.

Both women have served as state law­mak­ers.

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