Somali-origin headscarved İlhan Omar, who participated in the elections from the Democratic Party of Minnesota, USA, was re-elected to the House of Representatives, which he entered in October 2018.
Ilhan Omar made US history as the first Somali-American Congressman after taking office in January 2019, the first black woman to represent Minnesota, and the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress.
Born in Somalia, Omar and his family fled the country’s civil war at the age of eight and settled in the United States. The family spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before arriving in the United States in the 1990s. He moved to Minneapolis with his family in 1997. Omar and the Palestinian-born Rashida Tlaib were elected to the House of Representatives in the midterm elections held in October 2018, becoming the first Muslim female MPs to participate in the US Congress.