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Somali-Born Activist, Ilhan Omar Defeats Long-Serving Rep. Phyllis Kahn in Historic Primary Win

Somali-born activist, Ilhan Omar, made history by winning a fiercely competitive DFL primary in a Minneapolis House district.

This means she likely will become the nation’s first Somali-American legislator next year.

Omar unseated DFL Representative Phyllis Kahn, who is the longest-serving legislators in state history.

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Born in Somalia, Omar, 33, and her family escaped civil war and lived for four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before ultimately moving to the Somali-American neighborhood of Cedar-Riverside, where she has lived for nearly two decades and is currently director of policy initiatives at Women Organizing Women.

-StarTribune reports

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