List of Muslim members of the United States Congress

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This is a list of Muslim members of the United States Congress.

As of 2020, only four Muslim Americans have ever been elected to Congress, the first being Keith Ellison in 2006. Three Muslims currently serve in Congress, all in the House of Representatives.


No Muslim has ever served in the United States Senate.

House of Representatives

Muslim members of the House of Representatives
Representative Party State Term start Term end Notes
Keith Ellison portrait.jpg Keith Ellison
(born 1963)[1]
Democratic Minnesota January 3, 2007 January 3, 2019 First Muslim in Congress. Converted to Islam in 1982.
Andre Carson 2009.jpg André Carson
(born 1974)
Democratic Indiana March 11, 2008 Incumbent Converted to Islam in the 1990s.
Ilhan Omar, official portrait, 116th Congress (cropped) A.jpg Ilhan Omar
(born 1982)[2]
Democratic Minnesota January 3, 2019 Incumbent First of two Muslim women in Congress. First Muslim to succeed another Muslim. Born to a Muslim family in Somalia and immigrated to the United States in 1995.
Rashida Tlaib, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Rashida Tlaib
(born 1976)[3]
Democratic Michigan January 3, 2019 Incumbent First of two Muslim women in Congress. Born to a Muslim family of Palestinian immigrants.

See also


  1. ^ Lohn, Martiga (September 14, 2006). "Islamic Convert Wins House Nomination". The Washington Post. Washington DC: Nash Holdings LLC. Associated Press. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Golden, Erin (November 7, 2018). "Ilhan Omar makes history, becoming first Somali-American elected to U.S. House". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minn. Archived from the original on February 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Herndon, Astead W. (August 8, 2018). "Rashida Tlaib, With Primary Win, Is Poised to Become First Muslim Woman in Congress". The New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
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