Ilhan Omar made history Tuesday night after winning a seat as a lawmaker in the Minnesota House of Representatives for District 60B. Omar stated:
“It’s the beginning of something new. This district has a legacy of making history. I am excited for our progressive values and to be able to be on the ground at the Capital representing the diverse people of my district and being a champion with them and for them.”
Omar is the first Somali-American, Muslim woman in the United States to hold an office at this level. Her legislative area comprises parts of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, southeast Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota. Her experience includes being a policy analyst, coalition builder and community educator. She most recently served as the Director of Policy Initiatives at Women Organizing Women where she empowered East African women to take civic leadership roles in their communities.
Omar left Somalia for Kenya due to the civil war before coming to the United States. She is 34 years old and now lives in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis with her husband and their three children.