Ilhan Omar: US's first Somali-American legislator

A former refugee, Ilhan Omar, has become the first Somali-American woman

Ilhan Omar: US's first Somali-American legislator

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ilhan Omar made history Tuesday night as the nation’s first Somali-American legislator, with a commanding win in a state House race.

Omar, who faced only nominal Republican opposition in a heavily DFL Minneapolis district, continues an unlikely political journey that began amid the Somali civil war and a Kenyan refugee camp.

“It’s the beginning of something new,” Omar said. “This district has a legacy of making history. I am excited for our progressive values and to be able to be on the ground at the Capitol representing the diverse people of my district and being a champion with them and for them.”

Omar, a 34-year-old Muslim-American woman who proudly wears the hijab, is suddenly thrust into leadership of a rapidly emerging DFL coalition that is younger, more urban and more racially and ethnically diverse than at any time in its history.

House Minority Leader Paul Thissen said Omar’s victory is a statement about the state’s future: “It says something important about the future of Minnesota, and what it means to be a Minnesotan.”

source: Star Tribune
Last Mod: 09 Kasım 2016, 09:47
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