[Omar faced little Republican opposition, local daily The Star Tribune reported, yet some believe that the 34-year-old’s win is “huge.” (Photo: Al Arabiya)]
Minneapolis: An American hijabi Democrat and former refugee called Ilhan Omar made history after winning race into senate from Minneapolis and becoming the first Somali-American Muslim woman in the U.S. to be a legislator, according to media reports.
Omar faced little Republican opposition, local daily The Star Tribune reported, yet some believe that the 34-year-old’s win is “huge.”
“I am excited about our progressive values and to be able to be on the ground at the Capitol representing the diverse people of my district and being a champion with them and for them,” Omar told the Daily Star Tribune.
Omar came to the United States after escaping the Somali civil war with her family and spending four years in a Kenyan refugee camp.
The newly elected Senator is also the director of policy at Women Organizing Women Network, an organization dedicated to pushing East African women into positions of civic leadership.