Since 2019, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (born on October 4, 1982) has represented Minnesota’s 5th congressional district in the United States Congress. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is one she belongs to.
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Omar previously represented a portion of Minneapolis in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2017 to 2019 before being elected to Congress. She represents the entirety of Minneapolis as well as some of its outer-ring suburbs.
Omar, who chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has pushed for a $15 minimum wage, free healthcare for all, forgiveness of student loan debt, the preservation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and the abolition of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Omar started her career as a community nutrition educator at the University of Minnesota, serving in that role in the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region from 2006 to 2009. She oversaw the reelection campaign for Kari Dziedzic to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. She worked as the Minnesota Department of Education’s outreach coordinator for child nutrition from 2012 and 2013.
Omar oversaw Andrew Johnson’s 2013 mayoral campaign in Minneapolis. She worked for Johnson as his top policy advisor from 2013 to 2015 after he was elected. She was assaulted and hurt by five persons in February 2014 after a heated precinct caucus that descended into violence.
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Omar got engaged to Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi (formerly Aden) in 2002. They allegedly married in an unauthorized Muslim ceremony based on their shared beliefs. Isra Hirsi, one of the three main organizers of the US school strike for climate change, was one of the couple’s two children. According to Omar, Hirsi and Omar divorced in accordance with their religious principles in 2008.