Another Muslim woman, Ilhan Omar, who is running in Minnesota's 5th District, is also expected to win. She said she admires Pelosi for her "wonderful work ethic" and looks forward to conversations within the Democratic caucus about electing a leader "that will help us implement the bold, progressive policies that we ran on". After moving to the U.S.at the of 12 as a Somali refugee, Omar told TIME she grew a love for politics that was inspired by her grandfather, who loved the idea of democratic governments. "I couldn't sit on the sidelines", she said. "Ilhan is deeply engaged. she engages across generations, she engages across cultures, and it's just very clear that she cares".
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Omar is the first refugee ever elected to Congress and one of the first two Muslim women. "I think about my younger siblings - they have people to look up to".
The 65-year-old Democrat, who represents a Los Angeles district, travelled with Barack Obama on his first presidential trip to his father's homeland in 2015.More news: CNN reporter loses White House access
After her big win she was mobbed by supporters. New Mexico's Deb Haaland and Kansas attorney Sharice Davids were elected the first two Native American women to serve in Congress. Omar won the DFL primary in August with more than 48 percent of the vote. The other, Democrat Rashida Tlaib, easily won a race for Michigan's 13th District on Tuesday in which she did not have a Republican challenger.
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Because Democrats will have more money, staff, and political leverage over congressional committees, increased efforts to launch investigations into President Trump's tax returns, which will contain information on his income and taxes, and his campaign's involvement with Russian Federation are expected.