State Representative Ilhan Omar is an experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organizer, public speaker and advocate. In 2016 she was elected as the Minnesota House Representative for District 60B, making her the highest-elected Somali-American public official in the United States. She won her election with 80% of the vote, even after facing racist and xenophobic attacks during her campaign because of her African heritage and Muslim faith.
Born in Somalia, Ilhan and her family fled the country’s civil war when she was eight. The family spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to the United States in the 1990s. In addition to serving in the legislature, Ilhan is a mother of three and the Director of Policy Initiatives at Women Organizing Women, where she empowers East African women to take civic leadership roles in their community. If elected, she would be one of only two Muslims in the House of Representatives.
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