When the new Congress convenes in January 2019, for the first time it will have at least one Muslim woman among its ranks.
Self-described Democratic Socialist Ilhan Omar won Minnesota's 5th District race, where she easily defeated Republican activist Jennifer Zielinski on a platform that includes health care for all and a $15 minimum wage.
Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian American, will take over the seat vacated by former Rep. John Conyers.
Omar will fill the seat of Rep. Keith Ellison (D), who is running for the state attorney general and is also a Muslim.
A Somali-American and a former refugee, she served as the first Somali-American legislator in the USA when she won a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016.
Tlaib, Omar join other women of colour who won big on Tuesday night; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress, and Ayanna Pressley became the first black congresswoman in MA.
Omar fled Somalia's civil war with her parents at the age of eight and spent four years at a refugee camp in Kenya.
Minnesota's first Somali-American state representative has made history: She is now the country's first Somali-American elected to Congress.
She was born on July 24, 1976, to working-class Palestinian immigrants in Detroit and is the eldest of 14 children.
Ocasio-Cortez easily won election in her district which spans parts of the NY boroughs of Queens and the Bronx.
Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib was another Muslim woman elected to the US Congress.
During her tearful primary election victory speech in August, with her immigrant mother by her side, she said relatives in the West Bank were watching her success.
She says her constituents were attracted to her progressive politics, which are the polar opposite of Republicans. "And that if you just believe in the possibility of someone like me", Talib added.