Rep. Ilhan Omar
Makes History on House Floor …
Wears Hijab for Swear-In Ceremony
1/3/2019 2:10 PM PST
Ilhan Omar — one of two Muslim women ever elected to Congress — made history Thursday when she wore her hijab on the House floor.
The Congresswoman from Minnesota was all smiles as she was sworn in on Capitol Hill … where she was surrounded by a throng of supporters, many of whom were also wearing hijabs. Omar’s no stranger to politics — she served in the state legislature before making her historic run for Congress.
Omar — the first Somali-American in Congress — has also never shied away from her religion in public. In fact, during her victory speech on Election night, she dropped the Arabic phrase, “alhamdulillah” … which means “all praise to God.”
The 37-year-old — who came from a refugee camp in Kenya some 23 years ago — ran on very progressive platforms … such as hiking the minimum wage, universal healthcare and free college tuition.
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib from Michigan — the other Muslim woman elected to Congress — got quite the reception Thursday on the steps to the Capitol.