In her first term at the Minnesota Legislature, Ilhan served as the DFL Assistant Minority leader. Her accomplishments include:

  • Passing legislation to fund summer enrichment programs for low income students who may be unfamiliar with a higher education experience. 
  • Passing $5 million to support measles education and prevention programing to increase awareness about the importance of vaccines. 
  • Allocated $400,000 to the Somali Museum of Arts and $350,000 for the expansion and renovation of the Brian Coyle Community Center in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.
  • Passed legislation to expand childcare for parents who are college students and allow student parents to receive a student loan tax credit up to $500. 
  • Passed $77 million in Statewide Affordable Housing and Homelessness Infrastructure bonds to improve housing, including $10 million for Public Housing Rehabilitation. 

To read more about Ilhan's accomplishments as a freshman legislator, click here to read her Legislative Report from the 2017 Session. 

Ilhan's policy advocacy accomplishments include:

  • Supporting working families by winning paid parental leave for city employees. Ilhan also created advisory round tables for businesses run by immigrants, women, and people of color through the Small Business Initiative.
  • Banning environmentally harmful containers, requiring commercial recycling, lifting restrictions on urban agriculture, and restricting the use of pollinator-harming pesticides.
  • Expanding the use of restorative justice in Minneapolis, passing the Indigenous Peoples Day resolution, and forming a task force to examine the disproportionate impact pollution has on communities of color.
  • Securing collaborative urban educator funding from the Minnesota State Legislature to support Augsburg College's East African Student to Teacher program.
  • Promoting awareness and involvement in the electoral process in city, county and statewide races. As co-founder and chair of the New Americans PAC, she encouraged community members to contribute to the political process and informed them of important political issues.
  • Passing a Minneapolis city ordinance (the first of its kind) to allow businesses to extend their hours 35 days a year to honor, respect and accommodate Muslims celebrating Ramadan.
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