Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Abdullahi Omar is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district since 2019. She is a member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party.

Ilhan Omar is considered a rising progressive star in the Democratic party. Her support for a minimal hourly wage of $15 and a proposal to allow free tuition for college students from families with an annual income of below $125,000 has made her quite popular with the left base. Her vocal and fierce criticism of the Israeli government has also helped her cement her standing as a Muslim social activist. However, her rise in politics hasn’t been without controversy. She has been accused of using marriage as a way to exploit immigration laws. However, she has called such accusations a simple smear tactic. On the other hand, her critics have pointed to the lack of explanation as proof of her guilt.


What is Ilhan Omar famous for?

She was the first Muslim Somali-American politician from Minnesota. She is known for joining her to fight for the minorities’ rights and anti-immigrant policies by US President Donald Trump. In 2018, she won a seat in the House of Representatives, becoming the first Muslim woman to serve in Congress.

Who are the parents of Ilhan Omar?

Back to his early life, Omar was born in Mogadishu and was raised in Baydhabo, Somalia. She was the youngest of seven siblings and grew up in an upper-middle-class household. Ilhan’s father Nur Omar Mohamed is Somali and worked as a teacher trainer. Her mother was Yemeni and died when she was a child.  She was thereafter raised by her father and grandfather.

After the start of the civil war in 1991, she and her family fled the country and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya. In 1995, Omar and her family emigrated to the United States, initially settling in Arlington, Virginia. Later, they moved to Minneapolis, where Ilhan quickly learned English in only three months. Her father and grandfather inculcated in her the importance of democracy. She also began to accompany her grandfather to caucus meetings at the age of 14 years, serving as his interpreter.

Concerning her education, Omar attended Edison High School and volunteered there as a student organizer.  After high school, she attended North Dakota State University, where she participated in the Muslim Student Association.  She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies. Further, Omar is a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


What is the profession of Ilhan Omar?

  • Ilhan Omar became a community nutrition educator at the University of Minnesota in 2006 and worked in the Greater Minneapolis–Saint Paul area until 2009. She later served as a child nutrition outreach coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Education in 2012-13.
  • Her initial political exposure happened as the campaign manager for Kari Dziedzic’s reelection for the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. The next year, she managed Andrew Johnson’s successful campaign for Minneapolis City Council, and then served as his Senior Policy Aide in 2013-15.
  • In 2016, Ilhan Omar ran for the Minnesota House of Representatives from the DFL Party in District 60B, where she lived for the past two decades. In August 2016, she won the DFL primary, and her Republican opponent Abdimalik Askar withdrew his candidacy, paving the way for her to become the first Somali American legislator in the United States.
  • After assuming office on January 3, 2017, she also served as an Assistant Minority Leader for the DFL caucus. She has been credited for authoring and co-authoring at least 266 bills during the 2017-2018 legislative session.
  • Ilhan Omar ran for the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota’s 5th congressional district from the DFL party in 2018 and defeated Republican opponent Jennifer Zielinski on November 6, 2018, general election securing 78% votes. She took oath on a copy of the Quran owned by her grandfather and became the first woman to wear a hijab on the House floor after the ban on head coverings was modified.
  • In March 2019, a poster falsely connecting Omar to the 9/11 terrorist attacks was displayed at a Republican Party event at the West Virginia Capitol, which the GOP disavowed subsequently. In April 2019, part of her speech at a Council on American–Islamic Relations meeting, “some people did something”, was highlighted by ‘The New York Post’ and was used out-of-context by President Donald Trump, creating controversy.


To whom Ilhan Omar was married?

Reflecting on her personal life, Ilhan Omar has married thrice in her life. Ilhan Omar became engaged to Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi in 2002, with whom she had a faith-based marriage, as her application for a marriage license was not finalized. They had two children together but separated in 2008.

Her second marriage was to British citizen Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, in 2009, but the two ended up having a faith-based divorce in 2011. Later that year, she got back together with her first husband Hirsi, and welcomed their third child the following year.

Omar and Hirsi were finally legally married in 2018, one year after she obtained a legal divorce from Elmi. One of her daughters, Isra Hirsi, is a principal organizer of the ‘school strike for climate’ movement.


How much net worth Ilhan Omar owns?

As per various online sources, Ilan has accumulated a sum of good money from her career. Her estimated net worth said to be $ 2 million at present. However, Her annual salary is considered below $125,000.

Talking about the asset, She has a collection of cars. Some of the names are Rolls Royce Ghost, Porsche Cayenne, Derak Cook, etc.

How tall is Ilhan Omar?

Observing her body physics, Ilhan stands a height of 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 52 Kg. She has black hair and dark brown eyes. She has 33B bra size and 6 (US) size of the shoe. Further, Her body measures 34-26-35 inches.

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