House of Representatives
Current office holder: Keith Ellison (D)
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 before coming to the United States, 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, serving District 60B of the Minnesota State Legislature. Ilhan is a mohter of three, an accomplished legislator, policy analyst, community organizer, non-profit leader, public speaker, board member, youth mentor, and an award-winning human rights advocate.