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Omar is the first Somali-American elected to Congress.
Minnesota Election Results: Ilhan Omar Wins Minnesota’s 5th
Omar was born in Somalia; her family left in the midst of that country’s civil war and settled in Minneapolis after four years in a refugee camp in Kenya. Minneapolis has one of the largest Somali diaspora communities in the United States. The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, where Omar grew up, is often called “Little Mogadishu,” nicknamed after the Somali capital.
The race was first called for Omar by Decision Desk HQ.
In 2016, Omar became the first Somali-American in the Minneapolis House of Representatives, and the first Somali-American legislator in the United States. In the House of Representatives, Omar served as the Assistant Minority Leader and served on the Civil Law and Data Practices Policy, Higher Education, and Career Readiness committees.
She ran on a platform that included Medicare for all, debt-free college, immigration, and criminal justice reform, fair and affordable housing, reducing military engagement and spending, gun legislation reform, and fighting climate change.
Omar tweeted her support after the race was called.
We did this, together.
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/TywZwt2dR3
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 7, 2018
Omar will take office in January 2019.
Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.