Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar

Minnesota District 05


Higher Heights for America PAC enthusiastically endorses Ilhan Omar to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.

A 20-year resident of Minnesota, Ilhan Omar has committed her life to advocated on behalf of  all of its residents.

Ilhan is a ardent community organizer as well as an accomplished legislator, non-profit leader, and an award-winning human rights advocate. In 2016, she became the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States. Ilhan’s decades of work as an organizer has fought to ensure that  working families have educational access, environmental protection, and racial equity as evidenced by her set her apart as a candidate who will work to create change for her constituents if elected.

As a state representative, Ilhan worked to pass $77 million in Statewide Affordable Housing and Homelessness Infrastructure bonds to improve public housing, passed $15/ hr and paid sick and safe time in Minneapolis while also introducing legislation that would eliminate the statute of limitations for sex offenses.  Ilhan has also organized “Know your Rights” trainings for Minneapolis-area immigrants and actively works to keep abreast of the concerns and priorities of her constituents by hosing regular in-district office hours and community forums through which she connected with over 1,000 constituents in her first year.

Originally born in Somalia, at age eight Ilhan’s family fled civil war and eventually settled in Minneapolis in 1997. Her personal experience with immigration has made her a strong proponent of the abolition of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the increase of refugee resettlement and asylum. Ilhan also supports the creation of a federal minimum wage, the establishment of universal health coverage in America, the decriminalization of all drugs including the expungement of current records, and increasing access to housing.

If elected, Ilhan will bring her background in community organization to Congress, as a true representative of the people.

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