History was made in the US mid-term election when Ilhan Omar, became the first Somali-Muslim- American to be elected to Congress. But there were two other African-born American politicians who also won seats. One from Ethiopia and the other from Eritrea. All three are democrats.Ilhan Omar, Somali-Muslim- American
Ilhan Omar becomes the first Somali-American and also Muslim women to win congress seat representing Democrats in Minnesota and become a congresswoman. Her upbringing story inspired many to believe in the America dream. Ilhan was born in Moqadisho and lived for four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before moving to America.
Ilhan won her district in a landslide victory by taking 78.2% of the votes against Jennifer Zelinsky of Republican. Speaking to a crowd right after her win, Ilhan affirmed that standing against President Trump on the issue of immigration is her priority.
Joe Neguse, Eritrean American
Colorado’s 2nd congressional district elected Joe Neguse, 34, a first generation American born to Eritrean immigrant parents. Neguse defeated Republican Peter Yu. He run on a platform that includes single-payer Medicare, impeachment against Trump and protection of immigrants who arrive in the U.S. as children.
Alexander Assefa- Ethiopian American
Ethiopian born Alexander Assefa won a seat in Nevada’s legislature. Assefa, who came to the United States in 2000, went to high school in Alexandria, Virginia. He moved to Nevada in 2006. A pilot and small business owner, Alexander Assefa, 35, is active in his community in Nevada in helping refugees. Assefa is a democrat.
Similar to Ilhan Omar, Alexander Assefa was a refugee in Kenya before coming to the US in 2000.