A Somali-American will represent Minnesota in the state legislature for the first time. Democratic Community Activist Ilhan Omar won a seat in the state House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election. She earned around 82 percent of votes in her district. It was a historic race for the state, which is home to more Somalis and Somali-Americans than any other state in the US. On Sunday, Donald Trump said the state had “suffered enough” for taking in Somali refugees. Many Minnesotans rejected that characterization.
On Sunday, Donald Trump said the state had “suffered enough” for taking in Somali refugees, a characterization that many Minnesotans rejected. She works for the group Women Organizing Women, encouraging East African women to take leadership roles in their communities and also serves on the boards of various nonprofit groups as well as her state party’s feminist caucus.
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