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Ilhan Omar Makes History As The First  Somali - America Elected To Congress
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Ilhan Omar Makes History As The First  Somali - America Elected To Congress

Minnesota’s first Somali-American state representative has made history: She is now the country’s first Somali-American elected to Congress.
State Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, defeated Republican Jennifer Zielinski in the race to represent the state’s Fifth District, which spans Minneapolis, Edina, Richfield, Golden Valley and other Minneapolis suburbs.
Omar, 36, is a vocal advocate for single-payer health care, tighter gun restrictions and more expansive immigration policies. She has captured national attention because of her life story as a refugee who made her way into elected office. She immigrated to the United States at age 12 and served as a Minneapolis City Council policy aide before winning election to the Legislature in 2016.
Zielinski, a clinical specialist for Allina Health, had hoped to flip a seat that’s been held by Democrats since the early 1960s — most recently by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who opted to run for state attorney general this year.
Omar’s victory amounts to another first: She and Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, who also won Tuesday night, will become the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress.
Source Star Tribune

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