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Portrait of Ilhan Omar

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Ilhan Omar

MN-5 (D)
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.
How does Ilhan align with Project 100's values?
  • Economic Opportunity: Ilhan believes workers should earn a living wage and have access to benefits She also is a proponent of public education and believes we must guarantee access to pre-kindergarten, childcare, and invest in debt-free college..
  • Equal Treatment Under the Law: Ilhan would like to address systemic racism in our country, including through criminal justice reform. Instead of treating immigrants as criminals, she wants to see us welcome them into our country and provide them with paths to citizenship.
  • Healthy People & Communities: Ilhan wants to transform our political and economic systems to combat climate change. Ilhan will fight for a Medicare for All, single-payer healthcare system to guarantee quality healthcare for all Americans. Ilhan will work to pass comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation.
Background information
  • Open Seat
  • Woman of Color
  • Politician
  • Ceiling Crasher
Endorsements
Ilhan Omar has been endorsed by the following organizations:
  • Democracy for America
  • Justice Democrats
  • Brand New Congress

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