ADC Congratulates Ilhan Omar Who is Poised to be the First Somali American in Congress

Washington, D.C. | | August 15, 2018 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), congratulates Ilhan Omar on her Democratic Primary win for Minnesota’s Fifth District congressional seat. Omar, who’s District is overwhelmingly Democrat, is set to become one of the first Muslim Women, along with Rashida Tlaib, to serve in the United States Congress and the first Somali-American ever to hold national office. ADC has worked with the Somali communities and hopes to have a lasting partnership with Omar in Congress.

Omar emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12 as a refugee from Somalia after spending four years in Kenyan refugee camps. She is a newcomer to politics, being elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives as the first Somali-American legislator in 2016. Omar advocates for, among other things: access to quality public education; criminal justice reform; and, just, open immigration reform.

As a strong partner of the Somali community and immigrant communities, ADC is excited to have a new ally in Congress. ADC will work with Ilhan on the common issues that impact the ADC community. ADC also continues to encourage Arab American voters to vote in primary and mid-term elections this year.

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