First Somali-American Legislator Begins Work in Minnesota — Voice of America News com

 ST. PAUL — With two simple words – “I do” – Ilhan Omar began her term as a lawmaker in the Minnesota House of Representatives, accomplishing what few people thought possible during an election year where Muslim-Americans were at the center of heated political debate about immigration and terrorism.

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“The Muslim community needs a win,” says Asad Zaman, executive director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota. “This entire election cycle has been dominated by negativity towards immigrants and Muslims.”

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