Ilhan Omar Pens Memoir
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is writing a memoir titled, This is What America Looks Like, Politico reports. The book is about her life, from fleeing Somalia amid war as a child to becoming a refugee and later becoming the first woman of colorlawmaker to represent Minnesota. After the start of the Somali Civil War in 1991, Omar and her family fled the country and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya. In 1995, she and her family's application to resettle as refugees in the U.S. was approved, and they initially settled in Arlington, VA before moving to Minneapolis. It was there where Omar learned English and served as an interpreter for her grandfather, who would attend political caucus meetings. As an adult, the North Dakota State University graduate worked as a Senior Policy Aide to a Minneapolis City Councilman. At a contentious 2014 caucus meeting, Omar was physically attacked and left with a concussion. She was later elected to the state legislature. The 37-year-old mother of three is the first Somali American elected to Congress. Along with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), she is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is also the first Somali American elected to Congress. Upon her arrival, the House passed a rule that, for the first time in 181 years, allows head coverings to be worn on the House floor for religious reasons. The memoir will be published by Dey Street Books and is due out later this year.