State Rep. Ilhan Omar is seeking to make history … again.
The DFL representative of Minnesota House District 60B is looking to become the next U.S. House representative of the 5th Congressional District – a seat currently held by Rep. Keith Ellison, but up for grabs now that Ellison has launched his bid to become the state’s attorney general. In a crowded DFL field that includes State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, former Minnesota House speaker, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, engineer Jamal Abdulahi and former Republican Frank Drake, it was Omar who captured the party’s endorsement during a special convention held June 17. State Sen. Bobby Joe Champion’s name is also on the DFL ballot, but prior to the endorsement convention Champion announced he would not actively campaign, calling on party unity and stating his desire to continue to fight in the Minnesota Legislature for the residents in his senate district, District 59.
Omar not has only garnered her party’s endorsement, but she’s gained the endorsement of several prominent party leaders including Gov. Mark Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and six Minneapolis City Council members, including the council’s president, Lisa Bender. The social action group, MoveOn has also endorsed Omar.
A shooting star in American politics, Omar made history in 2016 when she became the first Somali-American to win a seat in a state legislature. Following her victory, Omar upped her profile with appearances on several national television programs and capturing a cover of Time Magazine. Omar also appears in a Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B. music video, “Girls Like You.”
Minnesota primary elections take place Aug. 14.