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Political Career and Advocacy

 Ilhan Omar is an American politician serving as the representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party and serves as whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Omar advocates for progressive policies such as a $15 minimum wage, universal healthcare, student loan debt forgiveness, and the protection of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 

She is critical of Israel and supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Omar is the first Somali American, first naturalized citizen of African birth, and first woman of color to represent Minnesota in Congress. She is also one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. Omar has faced death threats and derogatory comments from political opponents, including former President Donald Trump, due to her background.

Early Life and Education

Ilhan Omar was born in Somalia and raised in a refugee camp in Kenya before her family secured asylum in the US and settled in Minneapolis. She was raised by her father and grandfather, who emphasized the importance of democracy and were moderate Sunni Muslims. Omar faced bullying in school due to her appearance and religion, but her father's response helped her understand that her existence threatened others. 

She became a US citizen at 17 and went on to attend Thomas Edison High School, North Dakota State University, and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Omar has used her experiences to advocate for marginalized communities and progressive policies.

Professional Career

Ilhan Omar started her professional career as a community nutrition educator and later worked as a campaign manager and senior policy aide for Minneapolis City Council. She also served as a child nutrition outreach coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Education. 

Omar was the Director of Policy Initiatives for the Women Organizing Women Network, advocating for women in East Africa to take on civic and political leadership roles. She has been described as a "progressive rising star" and has used her experiences to advocate for marginalized communities.

Marital History and Controversies

Ilhan Omar has been married three times. In 2002, she got engaged to Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, and they had two children together. The couple had a faith-based divorce in 2008, but reconciled and had a third child in 2012. In 2009, she married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, but they had a faith-based divorce in 2011. They later legally divorced in 2017. In 2018, Omar and Hirsi legally married, but in 2019, she filed for divorce from Hirsi citing an "irretrievable breakdown." 

In 2020, she married Tim Mynett, a political consultant whose firm received $2.78 million in contracts from Omar's campaign. This led to criticism from her Democratic primary opponent and conservative critics. To avoid any perceived issues, her campaign terminated its contract with Mynett's firm in November 2020.