Speed Reads

2018 midterms

Democrat Ilhan Omar will be the first hijab-wearing Muslim woman in Congress

On Tuesday, Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar became the first hijab-wearing Muslim woman elected to Congress. A former refugee, she is also the first Somali-American to serve in Congress. She was elected by the state's 5th Congressional District, which includes Minneapolis and its suburbs.

Omar will join Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who was elected earlier in the evening, as the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress.