The United States of America is a land of possibilities. A refugee who came to the US 23 years ago as a kid becomes the first Hijab wearing member of the United States Congress. Her name is Ilhan Omar, a 37-year-old Somali-American.
In 2016, she got elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives as a member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, making her the first Somali American elected to legislative office in the United States
Who is ILHAN OMAR?
Omar was born 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
In 1995, Omar and her family’s application to be resettled as refugees in the U.S. was approved, and they initially settled in Arlington, Virginia. In 1995, they moved to Minneapolis, where Ilhan learned English. Her father worked initially as a taxi driver, later as a postal office worker. Her father and grandfather emphasized during her upbringing the importance of democracy, and she accompanied her grandfather to caucus meetings at age 14, serving as his interpreter. Omar became a U.S. citizen in 2000 when she was 17 years old.
Omar attended Edison High School and volunteered there as a student organizer. She graduated from North Dakota State University with bachelor’s degrees in political science and international studies in 2011.
Omar was a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs..