Ilhan Omar, Somali-born Woman refuge is selected to be members of US Congress becoming the first Somali American.
She is also the first woman from Africa to join the House of Representatives. Ilhan says using politics to make a positive impact and expand democracy is important to her.
Omar, a 36-year-old Somali refugee who immigrated to the United States as a teenager, beat Republican Jennifer Zielinski to take a seat in the Congress.
In 2016, she was elected a Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, making her the first Somali-American legislator elected to office in the United States.
She is the Director of Policy and Initiatives of the Women Organizing Women Network.
Omar was born in on October 4, 1981, in Mogadishu and was raised in Baydhabo, Somalia] She was the youngest of seven siblings.
Ilhan’s father, Nur Omar Mohamed, is a Somali and worked as a
teacher trainer.] Her mother was a Benadiri and died when Omar was a child.
Omar began her professional career as a community nutrition educator at the University of Minnesota, working in that capacity from 2006 to 2009 in the Greater Minneapolis–Saint Paul area.