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Ilhan Omar
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 5th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded by Keith Ellison
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 60B district
In office
January 2, 2017 – January 3, 2019
Preceded by Phyllis Kahn
Succeeded by Mohamud Noor
Personal details
Ilhan Abdullahi Omar

October 4, 1982 (1982-10-04) (age 38)
Mogadishu, Somalia
Political party Democratic
  • Ahmed Nur Said Elmi
    (m. 2009; div. 2017)
  • Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi
    (m. 2018; div. 2019)
  • Tim Mynett
    (m. 2020)
Relations Sahra Noor (sister)
Children 3; including Isra Hirsi
Education North Dakota State University (BA)

Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (Arabic: إلهان عبد الله عمر born October 4, 1981) is a Somali-American politician. She is the member of the U.S House of Representatives from Minnesota's 5th district since January 3, 2019. Ilhan Omar is also member of the President's so-called "Squad", which includes her, and three other female representatives that are all people of color.

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 the Democratic Farmer Labor nominee for U.S. Representative in Minnesota's 5th congressional district, having won the primary on August 14, 2018. Omar won the general election in November 2018, becoming first Muslim-American woman to be elected to congress, alongside Rashida Tlaib.

Omar is a member of "The Squad" along with Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley. In 2020, Omar endorsed Bernie Sanders for President.


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