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Senator Tina Smith Announces Endorsement of Rep. Ilhan Omar

MINNEAPOLIS—Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) announced her endorsement of Rep. Ilhan Omar today.

“Ilhan’s a fighter,” Senator Smith said. “She stands up for what she believes in. She takes on powerful interests. She calls out the president when he attacks our communities. She’s got my endorsement.”

This brings Rep. Omar’s total list of endorsements to 55, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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.