Ilhan Omar elected first Somali-American woman legislator in US

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The 2016 election certainly was historic and game changing, and it wasn't just about the race for the top seat.

Ilhan Omar became the first Somali-American woman to win a state House race in Minnesota.

According to local reports, the Democrat faced little Republican opposition.

Omar escaped Somali Civil War with her family when she was 8 years old, spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp and came to the U.S. when she was a pre-teen.

A feminist and an advocate for social justice, she has worked as the director of policy at the Women Organizing Women Network.

Her platform aims to help women entrepreneurs, criminal justice reform, and wants to ensure clean air and water.

Omar said she recognizes the milestones she overcame and what she still faces with a Republican House majority, but said her victory is evidence that she can break barriers.