The attorney and former state legislator is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants.
In 1995, they emigrated to the United States, initially settling in Arlington, Virginia and then moving to Minneapolis.
The high-profile cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour meant several winners will take office as trailblazers, marking firsts for their race and gender.
Bassam Tlaib, the candidate's uncle, said she had "stood against Trump" at a time when "even our Arab leaders are unwilling to face (him)".
Omar was born in Somalia fled with her family after the country's civil war broke out in 1991. She eventually settled in Minneapolis.
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Omar has forged a progressive political identity.
Omar, 36, is a vocal advocate for single-payer health care, tighter gun restrictions and more expansive immigration policies.
As of 9:46 p.m. on November 6, media outlets have also declared Andy Levin, Debbie Dingell, and Brenda Lawrence winners in their respective U.S. House races.
Omar spoke during her campaign about her opposition to President Trump's travel ban against Muslim countries. In an interview with CBS Wednesday, the newly elected congresswoman said she plans on embracing refugees.
Since then, she has not stopped campaigning: she worked full-time as a volunteer for Barack Obama, and on dozens of local and state campaigns.
"We did this, together", she wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.
In California's 50th district, Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Palestinian-American who spent part of his childhood in Gaza and whose father served in the Palestinian Authority, was in a close race with incumbent Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, early results showed.