Rashida Tlaib was sworn in to Congress Thursday—as one of the first two Muslim women ever elected to the House of Representatives—and her swearing-in was historic in multiple ways. Tlaib, a Democratic Socialist representing Michigan’s 13th congressional district and the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in the House, was sworn in using Thomas Jefferson's personal copy of the Koran, a 1734 English translation by George Sale that is housed in the Library of Congress, USA Today reports. It's the same two-volume copy that Rep. Keith Ellison was sworn in on 12 years ago when he became Congress' first-ever Muslim member. She was also wearing a thobe, a traditional Middle Eastern garment, for the ceremony, the Cut reports.
Muslim women were celebrating Tlaib's swearing-in as well as the swearing-in of Congress' other first Muslim female member, Ilhan Omar, ThinkProgress reports. Omar, the first refugee and the first Somali-American to serve in Congress, is a Democrat representing Minnesota's 5th congressional district. As Vox explains, her clothing choice is also historic; she will be the first to wear a hijab in Congress. A 181-year-old rule banning head coverings on the House floor was overturned as of Thursday. One more headline in the wake of the historic swearing-in: Tlaib's sons dabbed on the House floor to celebrate their mom's first vote, reports Esquire, which has video. (This Congress is "like none other.")