Ilhan Omar


Ilhan Omar is the congresswoman for Minnesota’s 5th district. Born in Somalia, Ilhan and her family fled the country’s civil war when she was eight years old. They lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for four years before coming to the United States, and eventually settling in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, in 1997. In 2016, Ilhan became the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States. She has been a devoted progressive activist for many years, advancing important issues like educational access, environmental protection, and racial equity.