First Somali-American legislator takes her oath

In St. Paul today, 34-year-old Ilhan Omar got down to the business of serving the people of Minnesota, as a representative of House district 60B. She’s a woman and a Muslim, a refugee and an immigrant (her family fled Somalia’s civil war when she was a child). On yet another day filled with dreariness out of D.C., this, to me, is what hope for America looks like.

Here’s what Ilhan had to say on her day of triumph:

You can learn from about her odds-crushing journey in this nice piece from Voice of America.29502697824_ea338b8a9b_z

Flickr/Lorie Shaull

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