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07 November 2018, 01:15 | Darnell Patrick
Rashida Tlaib AP
"I did not expect to come to the United States and go to school with kids who were anxious about food as much as I was anxious about it in a refugee camp", Omar said in an interview last month.
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. I'm only 42 years old but my teachers were of that generation that marched with Martin Luther King.
Her win goes into records, making her the second Muslim woman ever elected to the US Congress.
Rashida is also the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress.
She chose to run for Congress after Ellison, who is also black, made a decision to give up his seat after 12 years in Congress to run for attorney general of Minnesota.
Omar has been an advocate for a single-payer health care system, reforming immigration policies to create wider opportunities for migrants and refugees, and stricter gun laws.
Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, ran essentially unopposed in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, which includes Detroit.
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She shared: "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".
"I ran because of injustices and because of my boys, who are questioning their (Muslim) identity and whether they belong", Tlaib said in an USA television interview in August.
Tlaib will fill the seat formerly occupied by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who left office previous year amid accusations of sexual misconduct.
With no Republican challenger in the race, Tlaib's election on Tuesday became a formality.
Omar campaigned on a similarly progressive platform, which calls for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges. She also has been mindful of the historic nature of her candidacy. Her real victory came when she won the Democratic primary. "It just shows how incredibly wonderful our country can be", she said.
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