It is official: Two Muslim American women are going to the U.S. Congress. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, was elected Tuesday to represent Michigan 13th House District, defeating three other candidates including a write-in campaign by Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones. Tlaib, 42, is Palestinian American.
The other woman is Ilhan Oma, a Somali-American Democrat who ran for Congress in Minnesota. She will replace Democratic Congressman Kieth Ellison, Who decided to run for attorney general in that state.
Democrats swept throughout the nation to take back the U.S. House of Representatives but failed to score high in the Senate, which remained under Republican control.
Also in Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer became the next Democratic governor, and Elissa Slotkin, D-8th District, defeated incumbent Republican Mike Bishop in a major upset in the state.
We are proud of Tlaib and congratulations to the winners, and we ask all to work together for the benefit of our country.