Ilhan Omar, newly elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket, celebrates with her supporters after her Congressional 5th District primary victory in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Tuesday.
"I chose to run because I was one of many people I knew who really wanted to demonstrate what representative democracies are supposed to be", the hijab-wearing Omar said in a recent magazine interview.
A pair of districts in the Midwest will add Muslim women to the ranks of the US Congress for the first time, CNN has projected.
MA will also get its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee are set to elect their first female senators.
Omar is running in Minnesota's strongly Democratic fifth congressional district. "And that if you just believe, believe in the possibility of someone like me".
Omar, who engages in anti-Semitic rhetoric, has slandered Israel as an "apartheid regime" and called on "Allah" to "awaken the people" to see the "evil doings of Israel". She campaigned in favor of single-payer health care, tighter gun control and more inclusive immigration policies. Her views align with the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. Tlaib actually campaigned with Omar ahead of the latter's primary race earlier this year. Polis, who declared victory late Tuesday night, has always been outspoken in favour of marijuana legalisation.
92 women have so far been elected into the US Congress on Wednesday in a make-or-break midterm elections in the United States.
Born in Detroit to Palestinian-American parents, Tlaib served in Michigan's state legislature from 2008 to 2014.
Congresswoman Omar spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.
Omar won against Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinski, replacing Rep. Keith Ellison.