Ilhan Omar is an advocate for environmental justice in Minnesota.
Omar served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, where she became the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States. She has also worked as a community educator at the University of Minnesota and served as a senior Policy Aide for a Minneapolis City Council Member. She is a former advisory board member for Minnesota Council on American Islamic relations.
As a representative, Omar will fight to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035 and promote a green energy economy. She will advocate to reinstate the Clean Power Plan, stand up against fossil fuel subsidies and support zero-waste communities. She is the first Somali-American woman and one of the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress.
Omar joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of Representative Keith Ellison, who earned a lifetime score of 94% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard and has been elected Attorney General of Minnesota.
In her own words:
“We need bold action, and a transformation of our political and economic systems to combat climate change. Those who have been and will most impacted by climate change must be centered in our policies: communities of color and Indigenous populations, along with workers who would be out of employment from a divestment from the fossil fuel industry.”
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