Representative Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American, the first naturalized citizen of African birth, and the first woman of color to hold elective office from Minnesota. She is also one of the first two Muslim women (along with Rashida Tlaib) to serve in Congress. During her first year in office, she successfully introduced and passed 16 bills and amendments. Rep. Omar is Vice Chair of the Medicare for All Caucus, Whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Midwest Regional Whip for the Democratic Caucus. In 2020, she was awarded the Profile in Courage Award from the Town Project for her consistent engagement with constituents, even in the face of threats to her safety.
She continues to work for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, an end to racist, anti-immigrant and anti-muslim policies, tuition- and debt-free college, and abolishing homelessness.
Representative Omar on promoting legislation supporting renewable energy:
“I fully support a Green New Deal. We must transform our political and economic systems to combat climate change, and a Green New Deal is the bold action we need to get there. A major step in immediately and justly transitioning to 100% renewable energy is investing in clean energy sources and energy efficiency programs…
“I’ve introduced and co-sponsored legislation that I see as key parts of a Green New Deal, including: