"America has not had a Muslim woman in Congress".
"When I was coming to this country, I heard about it's promises", she said.
In an interview for a U.S. television, she stated, " I've never been one to stand on the sidelines".
Omar will dedicate her time in Congress to infrastructure, health care and education.
The two women made history as incoming election results showed that the pair had been chosen to represent Michigan's 13th district and Minnesota's 5th district respectively. Tlaib won that race. "We hope and are confident that your performance in Congress will be distinguished and will encourage the American public to elect more young women who are courageous, honest and efficient".
Ayanna Pressley became Massachusetts' first African American congresswoman, representing Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District, a diverse, heavily Democratic district. "The rhetoric of exclusion really can be undermined by having these types of stories and these types of successes", she said.
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While she said there will be opportunities for Democrats to find compromise with President Donald Trump on some issues, such as infrastructure, she added, "there is a real opportunity for us to make that sure that we have a Congress that does its job".
Tlaib linked her campaign to the surge of female political activism in the United States following Trump's stunning 2016 victory, alluding to the millions of women that took to the streets of Washington and major cities across the country after his inauguration.
A Somali-American woman who lived briefly as a refugee at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Garissa County has been elected to Congress in America's midterm elections.
She shared: "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".
Rashida became the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislature in 2008.
Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia will be the first Latinas to represent Texas in Congress. Escobar, a Democrat, will take the seat in Texas' 16th Congressional District that is now held by Beto O'Rourke.
Omar and Talib are among 100 or more Muslims who ran for office in 2018, an unprecedented surge in political engagement for a community targeted by policies meant to keep them on the sidelines.