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Congress bound, Minnesota's Ilhan Omar enjoys another first

Congress bound, Minnesota's Ilhan Omar enjoys another first

Democrat Rashida Tlaib has won the 13th District race for U.S. House, a seat formerly held by Rep. John Conyers Jr.

Born in Mogadishu, and raised in Baydhabo, Somalia, Omar gained global attention in 2016 when she became the first Somali-American to be elected to a state legislature.

A fighter who once heckled US President Donald Trump during a 2016 campaign stop in Detroit, she says she didn't run to make history as Muslim.

"I stand here before you tonight as your congresswoman-elect".

Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI won their respective races and will represent their districts in the House of Representatives.

As of 9:46 p.m. on November 6, media outlets have also declared Andy Levin, Debbie Dingell, and Brenda Lawrence winners in their respective U.S. House races.

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The 42-year-old was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

She also recognized Michigan's Rashida Tlaib who is also Muslim for winning.

Omar, who engages in anti-Semitic rhetoric, has slandered Israel as an "apartheid regime" and called on "Allah" to "awaken the people" to see the "evil doings of Israel". Along with being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, Omar is the first Somali-American elected to the post.

America's first openly gay Governor, Jared Polis was elected to take the helms of Colorado, while Sharice Davids, became both the first Native American congresswoman and the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas.

Congressman Chris Smith, the Republican who has headed the Africa subcommittee, opposed President Donals Trump's efforts to slash spending on USA aid to Africa.

His approach reflects a long-standing Republican-Democratic congressional consensus on Africa issues that has not been eroded by Mr Trump's indifference or occasional belligerence toward the continent.