Ilhan Omar, who has become the first American-Somali to be elected to the US Congress, has expressed her determination to push for the protection of women and refugees.
Ms Omar, who fled civil war in Somalia as a child and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, won Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District in the mid-term elections.
She is also the joint first Muslim woman to be elected to Congress, alongside Rashida Tlaib.
Somali-Americans have been celebrating her victory.
Separately, the first person of Eritrean descent has been elected into the US House of Representatives.
Joe Neguse is the son of Eritrean refugee parents who moved to the US a year before he was born, in order to flee conflict in Eritrea.
He was elected as a Democrat congressman for Colorado’s Second District in the US mid-term elections, winning 60% of the vote.
He is also Colorado’s first black Congressman and, at 34, the youngest of the nine representatives of the state.