Ilhan Omar Biography – Political Journey, Early Life and Education, Net Worth

Right now Ilhan Omar is an American politician serving as the US representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district since 2019.

Ilhan Omar Biography

She was born in Mogadishu Somalia, the youngest of 7 children. When Omar was 2 years old her mother died and she was raised by her grandfather and father.

In 1991 in the beginning of the Somali Civil war upended their lives, forcing house members to flee to a refugee camp in Kenya when Omar was 18.

They lived there for four years until the US granted Omar and her family asylum in 1995. They settled in Arlington, Virginia, where Omar and her sisters learned English through watching TV programmes.

Ilhan Omar Early Life and Education

In 1997 the members of the family shifted to Minneapolis, living in the neighbourhood of Cedar-Riverside, the home of many Somali immigrants.

There she attended Thomas Edison High School and accompanied her grandfather as his interpreter so he could participate in local politics. Omar became a US citizen at the age of 17 in 2000.

Although Omar was interested in politics as a teenager her path to becoming member of the US house representatives was, as she wrote in her memoir, This Is What American Looks Like (2020): “curvy and bumpy and painful”.

Omar switched to business administration and graduated in 2005. She took on a role as an instructor for a health and nutrition program for underserved communities via the University of Minnesota’s extension department.

She enrolled in North Dakota State University in Fargo, pursuing a bachelor degree in nutrition. By 2012 Omar had graduated with a degree in political science and international studies.

Ilhan Omar Biography

Ilhan Omar Political Journey

 Upon Omar’s return to Minneapolis in 2012, she started a job as a nutrition specialist for the Minnesota department of nutrition and she began volunteering for political campaigns.

She received recognition in politics locally as per her work on 2012 “Vote No Twice” campaigns, which sought to beat 2 measurable ballots provided by Minnesota: one requiring photo identification for voters and other to define marriage as between one woman and one man.  

 After the success of campaigns Omar worked on Minneapolis City Councilman Andrew Johnson’s successful 2013 bid for an open seat and became his senior policy aide in 2014.

By 2016 Omar had decided to run for and a seat in the Minnesota House of Representative and her boundary breaking campaign was chronicled in the documentary time for Ilhan.


When she is in 2nd year in the Minnesota legislature in 2018, the US Congressman Keith Ellison informs her that he ran for the office of Minnesota attorney general vacating his seat representing Minnesota’s 5th congressional district.

Omar’s bid for the open seat was successful, and she was sworn in to the US House of Representatives in 2019.

She sits on the house education and workforce committee, where she is on the workforce protection as well as health, employment, labour and pension subcommittees. She was re-elected in 2020 and 2022.

Ilhan Omar NET Worth

At present United States Representative Ilhan Omar has a net worth of $16 million. Right now she earns around five million per year by their sources like investment in business etc. Ilhan Omar’s net worth has been growing at 70% every year.

Net Worth $16 million
Annual Income $5 million
Salary $180000
Cash in Bank $1.2 million
Stock Portfolio $6 million


Within the previous 3 years her assets have been enhanced very much. Her assets increased 16 fold during her period as Congresswoman. There assets are –

Books Royalties $510000
Luxury Cars 7
House Properties 9
Monthly Spends 200000
Gold and Jewellery $900000
Retirement savings $20 million
Tax Paid $480000

She is a member of that party which is based on democracy. Before her election to congress Omar served in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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