With the 2016 election, America witnessed two monumental moments in political history. In the East, Donald Trump, the unconventional Republican candidate, was elected President. In the Midwest, Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American, was elected Minnesota State Representative. For Representative Omar, who left war-torn Somalia at only eight years-old, this opportunity gives her the chance to be the voice for her community and change the narrative surrounding black, Muslim women in America.
1982 – Born in Somalia
1990 – Left Somalia for refugee camp because of Civil War
Mid-Late 1990s – Immigrated to the U.S.
2011 – Graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies
2016 – Elected to Minnesota House of Representatives for District 60B
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