In 2018, she won the Democratic nomination for Michigan's 13th congressional district and won unopposed.
"I'm going to speak truth to power", Tlaib told the Detroit Free Press on election night on Tuesday.
"When I was coming to this country, I heard about it's promises", she said.
A former refugee at Dadaab camp became one of the first Muslim women elected to the United States Congress.
Rashida is also the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress.
Ilhan Omar, candidate for State Representative for District 60B in Minnesota, gives an acceptance speech on election night, November 8, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Their victories, which were anticipated, come as US President Donald Trump and other GOP figures continue to stoke fear about Islam and immigrants as sources of problems and danger.
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.
Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the USA, for which she was featured in Firsts, TIME's multimedia project on trailblazing women have broken glass ceilings in their respective fields.
The other was Rashida Tlaib, of MI.
Regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.
"I made a decision to run because I was one of many people I knew who really wanted to demonstrate what representative democracies are supposed to be", she said. New Mexico's Deb Haaland and Kansas attorney Sharice Davids were elected the first two Native American women to serve in Congress. After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the USA when she was 14.
"We have people in Congress right now who. don't know what it's like" to be without food or proper health care, she said.
There was no Republican on the ballot in the overwhelmingly Democratic district.