Ilhan (Ilhan) Omar (D-USH05)
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Capitol: 202.225.4755
FAX: 202.225.4886
District: 612.333.1272
Representative
Room 1730 LHOB- Longworth House Office Building 15 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-2305

Residence: Minneapolis, MN
Elected: 2018    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Tim Mynett   DOB: 10/4/1982
Committee Assignments
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Sweden Caucus
Vice ChairHouse Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights
WhipCongressional Progressive Caucus
Vice ChairCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberInternational Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
FC MemberDefense Spending Reduction Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Homelessness
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
FC MemberHouse Public Works and Infrastructure Caucus
FC MemberCongressional New Americans Caucus
FC MemberDemocratic Women's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Voting Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Refugee Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Norway
FC MemberHouse Quiet Skies Caucus
FC MemberCongressional ALS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hockey Caucus
FC MemberInternational Workers' Rights Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs
MemberHouse Committee on Education and Labor
FC MemberFriends of a Free, Democratic, and Stable Syria Caucus
FC MemberUnexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Demining Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberFuture of Transportation Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberCongressional #FutureForum Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Anoka / Hennepin / Ramsey

Bio

Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minnesota's 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs.

An experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organizer, public speaker and advocate, Rep. Omar was sworn into office in January 2019, making her the first African refugee to become a Member of Congress, the first woman of color to represent Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress.

As a legislator, Rep. Omar is committed to fighting for the shared values of the 5th District, values that put people at the center of our democracy. She plans to focus on tackling many of the issues that she hears about most from her constituents, like investing in education and freeing students from the shackles of debt; ensuring a fair wage for a hard day's work; creating a just immigration system and tackling the existential threat of climate change.

Rep. Omar also plans to resist attempts to divide us and push destructive policies that chip away at our rights and freedoms-and to build a more inclusive and compassionate culture, one that will allow our economy to flourish and encourage more Americans to participate in our democracy.

Born in Somalia, Rep. Omar and her family fled the country's civil war when she was eight. The family spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to the United States in 1990s. In 1997, she moved to Minneapolis with her family. As a teenager, Rep. Omar's grandfather inspired her to get involved in politics. Before running for office, she worked as a community educator at the University of Minnesota, was a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and served as a Senior Policy Aide for the Minneapolis City Council.

In 2016 she was elected as the Minnesota House Representative for District 60B, making her the highest-elected Somali-American public official in the United States and the first Somali-American State Legislator. Rep. Omar served as the Assistant Minority Leader, with assignments to three house committees; Civil Law & Data Practices Policy, Higher Education & Career Readiness Policy and Finance, and State Government Finance.