Democrat Rashida Tlaib has won the 13th District race for U.S. House, a seat formerly held by Rep. John Conyers Jr.
After Tlaib won her primary race in August, she published several anti-Israel tweets, and re-tweeted a fan who declared that Tlaib's "first fight was for Palestine, always Palestine". In 2016, she was elected a Democratic Party member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, making her the first Somali-American legislator elected to a public office in the United States.
Two years ago, she became the first Somali-American to win a seat in a state legislature, on the same night Republican Donald Trump won the presidency after a campaign in which he called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States. She ran unopposed on the general election ballot following her primary win.
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She was born on July 24, 1976, to working-class Palestinian immigrants in Detroit and is the eldest of 14 children.
Omar, another Democrat, is a Somali-American who came to the USA over two decades ago as a refugee. 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.
The victory of Palestinian-American Talib, 42, was no surprise. "Yes, you're going to have to learn how to say our names", she is quoted by HuffPost.
She said her political life began attending local Democratic Farmer Labor party caucuses with her grandfather after arriving in the US.