Ilhan Omar announces run for U.S. Congress

June 5, 2018 MINNEAPOLIS – Today, Rep. Ilhan Omar filed for U.S. Congress to represent Minnesota’s Fifth District.

“I came to this Country as a refugee, fleeing war and starvation, seeking a new home and freedom in the form of democracy. I fell in love with politics as a young girl living in Cedar-Riverside. Fifteen years later, my community asked me to serve. And alongside them, we ran a historic campaign, increasing turnout among young people, people of color, and bringing new voters into the DFL party,” said Ilhan.

“I have carried the collective voices of my neighbors in District 60B – from the University of Minnesota, Augsburg, Prospect Park, Seward, Como and Cedar Riverside – to our state capitol. Now, we have the opportunity to build on Congressman Keith Ellison’s legacy and continue to uplift the voices of everyone who lives in Minneapolis, Eastern Hennepin County as well as parts of Anoka and Ramsey Counties.

“A voice like mine has never been heard in Washington D.C. As your next Congresswoman, I will fight for criminal justice and policing reform; affordable and accessible education and housing; healthcare for all; environmental justice; and racial, economic, and social equity. As both an organizer and a Legislator, I have been pushing back against the profusion of bigotry and hate sweeping our nation, and I am ready to bring that fight to Capitol Hill,” Ilhan added.

Ilhan is the person most prepared to represent the Fifth Congressional District. In 2016, she and her team increased voter turnout by 37% in MN-60B. And they are committed to doing it again in this crucial election year. Ilhan has a gift for bringing people together and finding common ground. Her talent to inspire and engage people in the political process – to vote and volunteer – are what we need in the next five months to win this seat and also the governor’s race and both senate seats.

In her first term, Ilhan had major wins. She expanded childcare grants for student parents, funded summer enrichment programs for low income students, measles education and prevention programing, and the Somali Museum of Arts. She also successfully negotiated over $200 million, investing in critical bonding projects for our District and State.


Rep. Ilhan Omar is the highest ranking Somali-American, Muslim woman elected in the United States. She serves as the Assistant Minority Leader at the Minnesota Legislature with assignments to three committees: Civic Law and Data Practices Policy; Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance; State Government Finance. Ilhan has been recognized for her advocacy and activism.

Ilhan has won awards for her dedicated work on immigration issues, education, and advancing entrepreneurship. Earlier this year she was recognized by Governor Dayton with the MLK Service Award for her work on civil rights. She lives in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis with her husband and their three children.