MINNEAPOLIS—Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-05) announced endorsements from Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Melissa Hortman. Rep. Omar now has the support of the Democratic leaders of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Minnesota legislature, representing the support of the state and national Democratic party at the highest levels.
“Ilhan is a valued and important Member of our Caucus. In her first term, Ilhan has already established herself as a leader on a host of issues — from child nutrition to housing to U.S.-Africa relations,” Speaker Pelosi said. “I have appreciated getting to work closely with Ilhan and was grateful she was able to join me on Congressional Delegation to Africa. We need leaders like Ilhan in the House of Representatives fighting For The People.”
“When I worked with Ilhan in the Minnesota legislature, she was a tireless advocate for her District, and an unshakable progressive voice on the Floor,” Speaker Hortman said. “Her colleagues looked to her for guidance on policy, and for her leadership in the public. Nothing has changed. She was a leader then, and she’s a leader now. We need voices like hers in Washington. I’m proud to endorse her for reelection.”
“While Wall Street and GOP donors work to diminish Ilhan’s work, accomplishments and effectiveness, actual Democratic leaders celebrate it,” said Claire Bergren, Campaign Manager for Ilhan For Congress. “Ilhan has spent her life organizing coalitions to achieve big structural change change. That was true when she was in the statehouse and it’s true now. Ilhan has been a leader in every elected office she’s held. In the Minnesota House, Ilhan served as Assistant Minority Leader for the DFL caucus. Now in the United States House, she is whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Midwest Regional Whip for the Democratic Caucus, and the Vice Chair of the Medicare For All Caucus. Ilhan earned these endorsements through her leadership and work ethic. We’re proud to have them. “
You can view a full list of endorsements below.
About Ilhan Omar: In 2018, Ilhan was elected to Congress representing the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota, and was endorsed by the Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) once again in 2020. In her first year in office, she successfully passed 16 bills and amendments through the U.S. House of Representatives. Ilhan introduced the Student Debt Cancellation Act to end the student debt crisis, Homes for All legislation to end the homelessness crisis, and legislation to tackle child hunger by making school meals universal. She also co-sponsored the No Ban Act to combat Donald Trump’s xenophobic Muslim Ban, successfully pushed to extend DED status for the Liberian community in Minnesota, and introduced a War Powers Resolution to prevent war with Iran.
She is Vice Chair of the Medicare for All Caucus, Whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Midwest Regional Whip for the Democratic Caucus. Ilhan has consistently worked to show that the American Dream is for everyone. This year 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.
Patricia Torres Ray
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Maria Regan Gonzalez
United We Dream Action Fund
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Working Families Party
End Citizens United
National Nurses United
Jewish Voice for Peace Action
National Organization for Women
Democracy for America
Congressional Back Caucus PAC
American Federation of Teachers
National Educators Association
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council
MN 350 Action
Teamsters Local 120