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History was made today when Rashida Tlaib, a Muslim-American woman of Palestinian descent from Michigan, and Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American politician from Minnesota, were sworn into the US House of Representatives.

Tlaib and Omar were both sworn in on the Quran — Tlaib with her own copy and Omar with her late grandfather's.

According to the Congressional Research Service, new members of Congress are not required to be sworn in on anything, though the majority choose to be sworn in on the Bible.

Omar arrived in the States as a refugee escaping Somalia’s war 23 years ago.

Omar's father took over her Instagram for a day this week and wrote an incredibly heartwarming and poignant post that said: "Hey, Ilhan’s dad here: Twenty-three years ago, my family and I arrived at an airport in Washington DC. We were newly arrived refugees in this country, from a refugee camp in Kenya. I had heard about the promise of America, prosperity for all and hope for a better tomorrow. I could never have dreamed that twenty-three years later I would return to the same airport with my daughter Ilhan by my side, the day before she is to be sworn in as the first Somali-American elected to the United States Congress. You, of course, can imagine how emotional this is and why I am incredibly proud of her. It’s an honor to have her represent me and our family is so humbled that Ilhan has the opportunity to serve in our democracy. I wish Ilhan's grandfather could be here to witness this historic moment. He will be here in spirit as Ilhan will place her hand on his Quran for the ceremonial swearing-in. Tomorrow, members of Ilhan's team will be covering the events of the day. We all hope you will follow along and share in our excitement for what the New Year will bring. As Ilhan would say, forward together. Nur Mohamed #Hope #ilhan"

She's breaking new ground in DC.

On November 6, 2018, Omar became the first Somali-American elected to the United States Congress, representing Minnesota's 5th congressional district, which spans Minneapolis, Edina, Richfield, Golden Valley and other suburbs.

Omar, whose mother died when she was only two years old, was raised by her father and grandfather in Mogadishu, Somalia, Kenya, and then Virginia, and finally Minnesota.

Her father worked as a taxi driver and postal worker to support the family and her grandfather took her to caucus meetings to serve as an interpreter. She graduated from North Dakota State University with degrees in both political science and international studies.

Tlaib is the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 13th Congressional district.

According to Fox News, upon taking office on January 1, 2009, Tlaib became the first Muslim woman to serve in the Michigan Legislature, and the first Muslim woman in history to be elected to any U.S. state legislature. She and Omar (who also happens to be the first woman to wear a hijab in Congress) are the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

To those who were upset to see Muslim women in office, Tlaib said this:

“It’s important to me because a lot of Americans have this kind of feeling that Islam is somehow foreign to American history. Muslims were there at the beginning," she said to the Detroit Free Press.

Omar and Tlaib join an incredible group of women who were also sworn in today, including:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Native American women elected to Congress, Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts's first black congresswoman, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, Texas's first Latina congresswomen, Jahana Hayes, first African American woman from Connecticut elected to Congress, Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee's first female senator, and Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer, Iowa's first women elected to the House.