Ms. Omar, Democrat of Minnesota and one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, sought asylum in the United States with her father in the 1990s.by Staff Jun 16th 2020 · 1 min read
Father of Somalia-born US Representative Ilhan Omar died Monday night of complications from the novel coronavirus, local media reported.
"It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father," the Minnesota congresswoman tweeted late Monday, Reuters reported. "No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him."
Omar and her father Nur Mohamed came to the United States as refugees in 1995 from Somalia during the country's civil war and eventually settled in Minneapolis, according to Politico.
Omar was elected along with Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaiin in November 2018 making them among the first two Muslim women to serve in the US Congress.