D | MN-05

Ilhan Omar


An organizer and advocate for a new generation

Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-05) is the first Somali-American and one of the first Muslim-American women elected to the U.S. Congress. Her family fled Somalia during the country’s civil war when she was eight years old, living in a refugee camp in Kenya before moving to Minneapolis in 1997. Growing up in Minneapolis, she became an organizer and has worked to build coalitions on issues impacting students, immigrants, and working people, and was elected to the state legislature in 2016.

A new voice for reform in Washington

Omar is an outspoken voice on progressive causes, and a strong advocate for reducing the influence of money in politics and getting dark money out of our political system. She does not accept corporate PAC donations and is a co-sponsor on H.R. 1. In May 2019, she introduced the Protect Democracy from Criminal Corporations Act, which would ban corporations from political spending for ten years if they are convicted of a crime.

Reformer at Risk?

No Corporate PAC?