Ilhan Omar, the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district, has recently been in the news due to controversy surrounding her alleged comments placing Somali interests above those of the United States. Additionally, former Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels has announced a bid to unseat Omar in the Democratic primary, indicating potential challenges to her incumbency. Furthermore, House Democrats affiliated with the left-wing "Squad" faction, including Omar, are facing primary threats due to their criticism of Israel's war against Hamas.
Born on October 4, 1982, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar is the first Somali-American, the first naturalized citizen of African birth, and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in the United States Congress. She has been a vocal advocate for progressive policies and has been involved in various controversies and debates during her tenure in office. Her background as a former refugee and her outspoken views on foreign policy and social justice have garnered both support and criticism from various quarters.