The Life of Ilhan Omar

She fled her country and spent four years in a refugee camp. Now, she’s the first Somali-American in Congress. This is Ilhan Omar's story.

She fled a civil war and became the first Somali-American in Congress

Earlier years

Ilhan Omar was born the youngest of seven siblings in Mogadishu in 1982. At age 8, she fled the country with her family to escape its civil war — then spent four years in a Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya before immigrating to the U.S. in 1995. In 1997, the family settled in Minneapolis’s Cedar-Riverside neighborhood — the heart of the Somali diaspora in the U.S. Omar’s interest in politics began at 14, while acting as an interpreter for her grandfather at local DFL caucuses. In 2000, Omar became a U.S. citizen — she was 17.

Speaking out about an American promise not kept

After graduating from North Dakota State University, she started working as an educator in 2006. At 34, she launched her campaign for the Minnesota State House. She won House District 60B in southeast Minneapolis with 78.2% of the vote on November 8, 2016. 2 years later, she ran for Congress and became the first Somali-American lawmaker and one of the first of 2 Muslim women to be elected to Congress, along with Michigan's Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

From refugee to Congresswoman

A member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, she has advocated for a living wage, Medicare for all, cancellation of student debt, abolishing ICE. On February 2019, she grabbed headlines over her tough questioning of Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela. Omar faced accusations of anti-Semitism for criticizing the power of the Israeli lobby in Washington and questioning U.S.-Israeli relations. She also became a major target of Donald Trump — who accused her of praising al-Qaeda and downplaying the 9/11 terror attacks. On July 2019, Omar was once again at the center of Trump’s attacks, along with 3 other congresswomen. A mother of 3, Omar has been seen alongside her daughter and climate activist Isra Hirsi. From refugee to Congresswoman, Omar will publish her memoir titled “This is What America Looks Like” in 2020.


01/07/2020 10:57 AM


  • Rebecca D.
    3 days

    She is against our country wanting war in our streets. Bringing the lawlessness of her country here. We are United States of America we believe in the Constitution and all its law of life for all people color & race. Freedom, truth, trust, victories. Which she can not give.

  • Jackie O.
    6 days

    How is your brother, no wait...husband...or was that your other husband or was your other husband your brother. Now...which husband did you give all the campign money too? Was that your brother/husband, or your other husband? Or did you give them both campaign money? Sweety, you are a dirty crook.....just like the rest of the Democratic Swamp Rats. 👿🤢🤮💩

  • Xuseen A.
    09/17/2020 14:34

    I love you ilhan cumar

  • Lucia S.
    09/17/2020 00:17


  • Daniel P.
    09/12/2020 01:52

    She can never be re elected. She has abused our generosity, broken our laws and insulted our people.

  • Jim C.
    09/12/2020 00:13

    If u ain’t for America leave

  • Ron G.
    09/11/2020 23:01

    Omar I don't think you do the USA any favors!

  • Mike L.
    09/11/2020 21:39

    Please go back to where you came from we the American people don’t want you Trump 2020

  • Andrew P.
    09/11/2020 21:14

    She needs to be sent back, she is here illegally, she has done nothing but cause problems and run her mouth in the House of Representatives!! Far as I’m concerned she should be stoned to death!! She’s a disgrace to the United States of America

  • Polly A.
    09/11/2020 18:20

    Go home

  • Kaamil G.
    09/04/2020 02:15

    Boqortoyo horay usoco

  • Bouni B.
    09/03/2020 20:15

    Macha.A gulaysoo sister

  • Calvin D.
    09/03/2020 07:10

    I love this WOMAN 💖🌹♥️

  • Martin L.
    09/02/2020 21:49

    Pos deport

  • Dean M.
    09/02/2020 18:29

    Immigration fraud. Should lose her seat.

  • Janet D.
    09/02/2020 15:26

    England White ashamed of the World that showed even more disrespect than today.

  • Janet D.
    09/02/2020 15:26

    I highly respect you for your love of humanity. Good luck and anyone who stands alone for others rights issues. I absolutely give you my 100% Total respect. You are the future generations speaking from the heart ❤.xx

  • Abwaan I.
    09/02/2020 10:13

  • Yahya Z.
    09/01/2020 13:28

    Welcome to

  • Omar W.
    08/30/2020 08:08

    Yes my dear sister

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