Ilhan Omar Bio
Ilhan Abdullahi Omar is a Somali-American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district since 2019. The district includes all of Minneapolis and some of its suburbs. Omar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016 on the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party line.
|Ilhan Omar Quick Biography|
|Born||She was born on 4 October 1981|
|Education||North Dakota State University (2011), Edison High School|
|Spouse||Ahmed Hirsi (m. 2018), Ahmed Nur Said Elmi (m. 2009–2017)|
|Net Worth||Update Soon|
Omar was born on October 4, 1981, in Mogadishu and spent her early years in Baidoa, Somalia. She was the youngest of seven siblings. Her father, Nur Omar Mohamed, an ethnic Somali, worked as a teacher trainer.
Omar’s mother, Fathima Abukar Haji Hussein, a Benadiri (a community of partial Yemeni descent), died when Omar was two. She was thereafter raised by her father and grandfather.
Her grandfather, Abukar, was the director of Somalia’s National Marine Transport, with her uncles and aunts also working as civil servants and educators.
Escaping war in Somalia, she and her family fled the country and spent four years in a Dadaab refugee camp in Garissa County, Kenya near the Somali border.
Omar entered the United States in 1992. After first arriving in New York, her family settled in Arlington, Virginia. Her family sought asylum in the U.S. in 1995 and moved to Minneapolis.
Omar’s father worked initially as a taxi driver, later as a postal office worker. He and Omar’s grandfather emphasized during her upbringing the importance of democracy, and she accompanied her grandfather to caucus meetings at age 14, serving as his interpreter.
Omar became a U.S. citizen in 2000 when she was 17 years old. She has spoken about being bullied for wearing a hijab during her time in Virginia, recalling classmates sticking gum on it, pushing her downstairs, and jumping her when changing for gym class.
Omar remembers her father’s reaction to these incidents: “They are doing something to you because they feel threatened in some way by your existence.”
Omar attended Edison High School and volunteered there as a student organizer. She graduated from North Dakota State University with bachelor’s degrees in political science and international studies in 2011. Omar was a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Awards and honors
In 2014 Omar was named a rising star in the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party’s Women’s Hall of Fame.
She received the 2015 Community Leadership Award from Mshale, an African immigrant media outlet based in Minneapolis. The prize is awarded annually on a readership basis.
In 2017 Time magazine named Omar among its “Firsts: Women who are changing the world”, a special report on 46 women who broke barriers in their respective disciplines, and featured her on the cover of its September 18 issue.
Her family was named one of the “five families who is changing the world as we know it” by Vogue in their February 2018 issue featuring photographs by Annie Leibovitz.
Omar is Muslim and belongs to the Majeerteen clan from Northeastern Somalia.
In 2002 she became engaged to Ahmed Hirsi (né Aden). The couple applied for a marriage license, but the application was not finalized.
The couple had two children together before separating in 2008. The next year, Omar married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a British citizen. In 2011 she and Elmi had a faith-based divorce, and that year she reconciled with Hirsi, with whom she had a third child in 2012.
In 2017 Elmi and Omar were legally divorced, and in 2018 Omar and Hirsi were legally married. They and their three children live in Minneapolis. Her daughter, Isra Hirsi, is one of the three principal organizers of the school strike for the climate.