Angie CraigAngie Craig – MN2

Current Position: US Representative for MN District 2 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

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 U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, who represents Minnesota’s Second Congressional District, likes to say her district is covered by about 60% corn and soybeans.

Craig has made it a point during the tumultuous year to bring colleagues on the Ag Committee to the Second District to hear directly from Minnesota producers, and she was a participant in forums at Farmfest this year, asking producers what Congress can do to help them right now.

On Aug. 23 she was in Elko, Minnesota, at the Zweber Family Farm, to get a look at how organic dairy production is going during the drought. Craig said she also wanted to get an update on the conservation practices the operation put in place a few years ago when she last visited the farm.

Craig said she understands crop farmers aren’t the only ones facing issues with the drought conditions.

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Current Position: US Representative for MN District 2 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

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 U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, who represents Minnesota’s Second Congressional District, likes to say her district is covered by about 60% corn and soybeans.

Craig has made it a point during the tumultuous year to bring colleagues on the Ag Committee to the Second District to hear directly from Minnesota producers, and she was a participant in forums at Farmfest this year, asking producers what Congress can do to help them right now.

On Aug. 23 she was in Elko, Minnesota, at the Zweber Family Farm, to get a look at how organic dairy production is going during the drought. Craig said she also wanted to get an update on the conservation practices the operation put in place a few years ago when she last visited the farm.

Craig said she understands crop farmers aren’t the only ones facing issues with the drought conditions.

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Rep. Angie Craig represents Minnesota’s Second Congressional District. She is fighting for working families – and for a Minnesota where every member of every family gets a fair shot. That means a future with lower health care costs and opportunities for career skills and technical training for 21st century jobs. She’ll work with anybody – and take on the Washington establishment – to get things done for her constituents.

Rep. Craig learned the value of hard work from her mother, a single mom who raised three children while earning her teaching degree. She too worked two jobs to help put herself through college. Years later, she moved to Minnesota and fell in love with the strong communities and quality of life. She and her wife Cheryl Greene have four sons – three who have already graduated from college or tech school and one graduating from Rosemount High School in 2021. They lived in Eagan for nearly a decade and recently moved to Prior Lake. Angie attends church in Apple Valley and is a Rotarian who has served on several local community boards over the years. She is a small business investor, the former head of Global HR and Corporate Relations for a major Minnesota manufacturer, and a former newspaper reporter.

In Congress, Rep. Craig is fighting to make sure career skills and technical education is an option for every young person; to lower the cost of healthcare and to work toward a solution that expands health care to many more Americans; for infrastructure investments that benefit our communities – big and small; and for policies that reward people for their hard work – especially family farmers and small business owners. She plans to pursue these priorities through her appointments on the House Committees on Agriculture, Energy and Commerce and Small Business. But she knows she can’t do it alone. Through regular town hall meetings and work in the district, Rep. Craig hopes to hear from you directly about how she can help deliver economic opportunity to every Minnesotan.

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Angela Dawn Craig (born February 14, 1972) is an American politician and journalist serving as the U.S. Representative from Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district since 2019. Craig is a member of the Democratic Party. Her political positions are considered left-leaning.[1] Her district includes most of the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities, such as Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Apple Valley, Lakeville, and Shakopee.

Early life and career

Craig was born in West Helena, Arkansas, in 1972.[2][3] She graduated from Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas,[4] and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Memphis.[5]

After college, Craig interned at The Commercial Appeal and became a full-time reporter.[6] She lived in London from 2002 through 2005,[3][7] and worked at St. Jude Medical in human resources and communications from 2005 to 2017.[8][9][10]

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Angie Craig at a campaign event in Apple Valley, Minnesota

Craig at a campaign event in Apple Valley, Minnesota

Elections

2016

In 2016, Craig ran for the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district.[11] She announced her candidacy before Republican incumbent John Kline announced his retirement.[9] She faced no opposition in the Democratic primary. In the general election, she faced former conservative talk show host Jason Lewis.[11] She lost by fewer than 7,000 votes.

2018

Craig sought a rematch with Lewis in the 2018 elections.[8] As in 2016, she was unopposed in the Democratic primary. She defeated Lewis, becoming the first openly lesbian mother to be elected to Congress, the first woman to be elected in Minnesota’s 2nd district, and the first openly gay person elected to Congress from Minnesota.[12][13] Craig received 52.6% of the vote, winning three of the six counties in the district.[14][15]

When she took office in January 2019, she became the first Democrat to represent Minnesota’s 2nd district since it assumed its current configuration in 2003.[citation needed]

2020

In a verified recording, Legal Marijuana Now Party nominee Adam Weeks said that Republican operatives offered him $15,000 to run for Congress in the 2nd district in order to “pull votes away” from Craig. Weeks said, “They want me to run as a third-party, liberal candidate, which I’m down. I can play the liberal, you know that.”[16][17] Leaders of prominent pro-marijuana legalization groups Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation, Sensible Change Minnesota, and Minnesota NORML condemned the GOP strategy as “unconscionable”.[16]

In late September, Weeks died of a drug overdose, throwing the election into chaos. Minnesota law requires a special election if a major-party nominee dies within 79 days of Election Day. The law was enacted to prevent a repeat of the circumstances of the 2002 U. S. Senate election, in which incumbent Paul Wellstone died 11 days before the general election. Since the Legal Marijuana Now Party was a major party in Minnesota (by virtue of its 2018 candidate for state auditor winning five percent of the vote), the 2nd District race was set to be postponed to February 9, 2021.[18] Craig sued to keep the election on November 3, arguing that the requirement for a special election could leave the 2nd district without representation for almost a month, and also violated federal election law.[19] Republican nominee Tyler Kistner joined the Minnesota Secretary of State as a defendant. The federal judge hearing the case ruled for Craig, noting that federal election law barred moving the date of House elections in all but a few circumstances. Kistner appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which also sided with Craig. The appeals court held that the death of a candidate from a party with “modest electoral strength” could not justify postponing the election. After Kistner’s appeal to the Supreme Court was rejected, the election was cleared to continue as scheduled on November 3.[17][20][21][22][23]

Tenure

According to the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, Craig held a Bipartisan Index Score of 0.3 in the 116th United States Congress for 2019, placing her 114th out of 435 members.[24]

During Donald Trump‘s presidency, Craig voted in line with Trump’s stated position 5.5% of the time.[25] As of September 2021, Craig had voted in line with Joe Biden‘s stated position 100% of the time.[26]

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Electoral history

Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district, 2020[29]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Angie Craig (incumbent) 204,031 48.18
RepublicanTyler Kistner194,46645.92
Legal Marijuana NowAdam Charles Weeks24,6935.83
Write-in2700.06
Total votes423,460 100.0
Democratic (DFL) hold
Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district, 2018[30]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Angie Craig 177,958 52.66
RepublicanJason Lewis (incumbent)159,34447.15
Write-in6660.20
Total votes337,968 100.0
Democratic (DFL) gain from Republican
Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district, 2016[31]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jason Lewis 173,970 46.95
Democratic (DFL)Angie Craig167,31545.16
IndependencePaula Overby28,8697.79
Write-in3600.10
Total votes370,514 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life

Craig lives in Eagan, Minnesota.[11] She and her wife, Cheryl Greene, have four children.[32] She is Lutheran.[33]

See also

References

  1. ^ “Angie Craig Tops Jason Lewis For 2nd District Seat”. WCCO. November 6, 2018.
  2. ^ “Candidate Conversation – Angie Craig (DFL) | News & Analysis | Inside Elections”. www.insideelections.com. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Montgomery, David (October 7, 2016). “Angie Craig: Adoption struggle shaped 2nd District candidate”. Twincities.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  4. ^ “Angie Craig, former Memphis Commercial Appeal reporter, now in Congress”. Commercialappeal.com. November 9, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  5. ^ “News”. Hastings Star Gazette. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Renzetti, Jackie (July 25, 2018). “Voter guide: Angie Craig talks key issues”. Hastings Star Gazette. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Gessner, John (September 22, 2016). “Eagan resident Angie Craig looks to Washington”. hometownsource.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Rao, Maya (August 27, 2018). “In rematch with Jason Lewis, Angie Craig seeks stronger connection with voters”. StarTribune.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  9. ^ a b “Angie Craig officially announces run against Rep. Kline”. MinnPost. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  10. ^ “Second District race: What it would mean to elect a former medical device executive to Congress”. MinnPost. January 26, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c “It’s Jason Lewis vs. Angie Craig in what’s likely to be one of the most-watched congressional races in the country”. MinnPost. August 13, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  12. ^ “LGBTQ Candidates Record Historic Midterm Wins In Rainbow Wave”. Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  13. ^ Romi Oltuski (October 21, 2018). “If She Wins, Angie Craig Will Be the First Lesbian Mom in Congress”. InStyle. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  14. ^ “Minnesota Election Results: Second House District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  15. ^ “MN Election Results”. electionresults.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  16. ^ a b Before death, pro-marijuana candidate reportedly said GOP recruited him to “pull votes away” from Minnesota Democrat, CBS News, October 29, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  17. ^ a b Bierschbach, Briana (October 28, 2020). “Pot party candidate said GOP recruited him to ‘pull votes’ from Minnesota Democrat”. Minneapolis Star Tribune (Volume XXXIX No. 207). Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  18. ^ Van Berkel, Jessie (September 28, 2020). “Rep. Angie Craig files lawsuit over delay of Second Congressional District race”. Minneapolis Star Tribune (Volume XXXIX No. 178). Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  19. ^ Van Oot, Torey; Condon, Patrick (October 10, 2020). “Judge blocks delay of Minnesota congressional race”. Minneapolis Star Tribune (Volume XXXIX No. 189). Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  20. ^ Van Berkel, Jessie (October 23, 2020). “Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election stays on Nov. 3, Appeals Court rules”. Minneapolis Star Tribune (Volume XXXIX No. 203). Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  21. ^ Brian Bakst (October 9, 2020). “Judge: Winner of CD2 race must be decided in November”. Minnesota Public Radio.
  22. ^ Brian Bakst (October 23, 2020). “Appeals court rules 2nd district race should proceed”. Minnesota Public Radio.
  23. ^ “The Lugar Center – McCourt School Bipartisan Index House Scores 116th Congress First Session (2019)” (PDF). Georgetown University. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  24. ^ “Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump – Angie Craig”. ABC News. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  25. ^ Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). “Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?”. FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
  26. ^ “Join the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus – DearColleague.us”. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  27. ^ “Members”. New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  28. ^ “State General Election 2020 − Results for U.S. Representative District 2”. Minnesota Secretary of State. November 12, 2020. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  29. ^ “State General Election 2018 – Results for U.S. Representative District 2”. Minnesota Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  30. ^ “State General Election 2016 – Results for U.S. Representative District 2”. Minnesota Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  31. ^ “GOP official jabs Angie Craig’s family”. Blogs.mprnews.org. September 13, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  32. ^ “Faith on the Hill: The religious composition of the 117th Congress”. www.pewforum.org. January 4, 2021. Retrieved April 8, 2021.

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Dean PhillipsDean Phillips – MN3

Current Position: US Representative for MN District 3 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Business owner from 1991 – 2019

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Chair, Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations – Small Business committee

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'Intense, consuming': Phillips and staff work to evacuate Americans from Afghanistan
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The U.S. military has officially withdrawn from Afghanistan, but on Tuesday, as the last U.S. military plane left and President Joe Biden declared the 20-year-long war over, there were still about 100 to 200 Americans in the country.

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota’s 3rd District was one of the first members of Congress to announce that anyone in Afghanistan having trouble getting out could call his office.

After that, his staff began receiving desperate calls.

“This is probably the most intense and consuming and, perhaps, important mission on which my team and I have been dedicated,” Phillips told host Cathy Wurzer.

Phillips and his staff have been collecting the names of people who need help leaving Afghanistan, initiating contact with the State Department and trying to ensure safe evacuations.

As of Wednesday morning, Phillips said his office had 65 cases open involving over 500 individuals and had added over 2,000 names to State Department rolls.

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Current Position: US Representative for MN District 3 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Business owner from 1991 – 2019

 Other Positions:  
Chair, Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations – Small Business committee

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‘Intense, consuming’: Phillips and staff work to evacuate Americans from Afghanistan
MPR News Morning Edition, Cathy Wurzer, Kyle Shiely and Alex ChengSeptember 2, 2021
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A U.S. Air Force aircraft takes off from the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday.
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The U.S. military has officially withdrawn from Afghanistan, but on Tuesday, as the last U.S. military plane left and President Joe Biden declared the 20-year-long war over, there were still about 100 to 200 Americans in the country.

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota’s 3rd District was one of the first members of Congress to announce that anyone in Afghanistan having trouble getting out could call his office.

After that, his staff began receiving desperate calls.

“This is probably the most intense and consuming and, perhaps, important mission on which my team and I have been dedicated,” Phillips told host Cathy Wurzer.

Phillips and his staff have been collecting the names of people who need help leaving Afghanistan, initiating contact with the State Department and trying to ensure safe evacuations.

As of Wednesday morning, Phillips said his office had 65 cases open involving over 500 individuals and had added over 2,000 names to State Department rolls.

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Dean Phillips is a father, businessman, civic leader, and newly-elected Representative for Minnesota’s Third Congressional District.

A Gold Star Son who lost his birth father, Artie, in the Vietnam War, Dean was adopted into the Phillips family when his mother DeeDee married Eddie Phillips, who raised Dean to work hard and always share success.

Dean attended Brown University before returning to Minnesota to earn his MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business. After working at a variety of startup businesses, he joined his family business, Phillips Distilling, which he eventually led. He later went on to help build Talenti Gelato into one of the top-selling ice cream brands in the country. He is now co-owner of Penny’s Coffee, a small business with two locations and more on the way.

In Congress, Dean is focused on campaign finance, electoral and ethics reforms, and addressing healthcare costs, global climate change and our nation’s gun violence epidemic. He is a member of the House Ethics, Financial Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, as well as the Democracy Reform Task Force and the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

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Dean Benson Phillips[1] (born January 20, 1969)[2] is an American businessman and politician from Minnesota. Phillips is a political moderate.[3] A member of the Democratic Party, he has represented Minnesota’s 3rd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2019. The district includes most of the western suburbs of the Twin Cities, such as Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, and Wayzata.

Phillips is the founder and CEO of the small local coffee shop chain Penny’s.[4][5]

Early life, education, and career

Phillips was born to DeeDee (Cohen) and Artie Pfefer in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1969.[6] Artie was killed in the Vietnam War when Dean was six months old. DeeDee later married Eddie Phillips, heir to the Phillips Distilling Company and son of advice columnist Pauline Phillips.[3]

In the early 1970s, Phillips moved from Saint Paul to Edina, Minnesota. He attended The Blake School, where he played on the hockey and baseball teams.[7][8]

He graduated from Brown University in 1991, and is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He worked for bicycle equipment and apparel company InMotion for two years, and then joined the family company. He completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Minnesota in 2000, and was named president of Phillips Distilling.[3] He now lives in Deephaven.

Phillips, a long time moderate, has supported both Democratic and Republican candidates (such as Governor Arne Carlson and Senator Mark Dayton).[9]

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2018

Phillips addresses the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party State Central Committee in 2018

Dean Phillips for Congress campaign booth at the Minnesota State Fair

In 2018, Phillips ran for the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat.[10] In the Democratic primary, he defeated former sales associate Cole Young with 81.6% of the vote. Phillips won all three counties in the district.[11]

In the general election, Phillips defeated incumbent Republican Erik Paulsen with 55.6% of the vote.[12] When he took office in 2019, he became the first Democrat to hold this seat since 1961.

2020

Phillips ran for reelection in 2020. He defeated Cole Young in the Democratic primary with 90.7% of the vote[13] and faced off against the Republican nominee, businessman Kendall Qualls.[14] Phillips defeated Qualls with 55.6% of the vote.[15]

Tenure

A political moderate, Phillips has a bipartisan record. According to the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, he held a Bipartisan Index Score of 1.1 in the 116th United States Congress for 2019, placing him 27th out of 435 members.[16] Based on FiveThirtyEight's congressional vote tracker at ABC News, Phillips voted with President Donald Trump‘s stated public policy positions 5.5% of the time,[17] which ranked him average in the 116th Congress when predictive scoring (district partisanship and voting record) is used.[18]

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Democratic primary results, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Dean Phillips 56,697 81.6
Democratic (DFL)Cole Young12,78418.4
Total votes69,481 100.0
Minnesota’s 3rd congressional district, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Dean Phillips 202,402 55.6
RepublicanErik Paulsen (incumbent)160,83944.2
Write-in7070.2
Total votes363,948 100
Democratic (DFL) gain from Republican
Democratic primary results, 2020[21]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Dean Phillips (incumbent) 73,011 90.7
Democratic (DFL)Cole Young7,4439.3
Total votes80,454 100.0
Minnesota’s 3rd congressional district, 2020[22]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Dean Phillips (incumbent) 246,666 55.6
RepublicanKendall Qualls196,62544.3
Write-in3120.1
Total votes443,603 100

Personal life

Phillips is married and has two daughters from a previous marriage. He is Jewish[23] and was acknowledged by the Minnesota publication The American Jewish World for serving on the board of Temple Israel in Minneapolis.[24] Phillips donated to several Republican campaigns and served as an advisor to Republican Congressman Jim Ramstad before running for Congress as a Democrat in 2018.[16]

Phillips’s paternal grandmother Pauline Phillips was the author of the advice column “Dear Abby,” under the pen name Abigail Van Buren.[25]

References

  1. ^ “PAGE BY PAGE REPORT DISPLAY FOR 12951451573 (Page 196 of 371)”. Docquery.fec.gov. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  2. ^ “Candidate Conversation – Dean Phillips (DFL) – News & Analysis – Inside Elections”. Insideelections.com. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Erica Rivera (January 24, 2018). “Can charming liquor heir Dean Phillips beat Erik Paulsen, Minnesota’s corporate congressman?”. City Pages. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  4. ^ “Locations”. Penny’s Coffee. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  5. ^ “Get to Know Dean Phillips”. Phillips for Congress. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  6. ^ “MN-03: Dean Phillips (D)”. November 6, 2018. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  7. ^ netcommunity.blakeschool.org https://netcommunity.blakeschool.org/emailviewonwebpage.aspx?erid=3206456&trid=497ad15d-e5e2-40f4-9007-4c1187394511. Retrieved May 21, 2021. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ “Dean Phillips”. www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  9. ^ Carlson, Arne. “Letter: Former Republican governor endorses Dean Phillips”. hometownsource.com. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  10. ^ “Democrat Phillips defeats incumbent Paulsen in Minnesota’s Third District”. StarTribune.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  11. ^ “Minnesota Primary Election Results: Third House District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  12. ^ “MN Election Results”. Electionresults.sos.state.mn.us. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  13. ^ “Official Canvassing Report”. Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  14. ^ Orrick, Dave (July 29, 2019). “A black Republican is running for Congress in the metro suburbs. What does he think of Trump?”. Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  15. ^ “Results for All Congressional Districts”. Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  16. ^ a b “The Lugar Center – McCourt School Bipartisan Index House Scores 116th Congress First Session (2019)” (PDF). Georgetown University. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  17. ^ “Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump – Dean Phillips”. ABC News. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  18. ^ “Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump”. ABC News. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  19. ^ “Members”. New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  20. ^ “Minnesotans in Congress get troubling look at U.S.-Mexico border”. Star Tribune.
  21. ^ “Unofficial Results Tuesday, August 11, 2020”. Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  22. ^ “Unofficial Results Tuesday, November 3, 2020”. Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  23. ^ “Dean Phillips & The Road To November 2018”. Tcjewfolk.com. May 30, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  24. ^ “Dear Abby asked Dean Phillips for advice”. July 25, 2018. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  25. ^ Alberta, Tim. “The Democrats’ Dilemma”. Politi.co. Retrieved April 1, 2019.

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HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS

As an entrepreneur and small business owner himself, Rep. Phillips brings valuable experience and a proven bipartisan record of results to the Small Business Committee and will remain focused on supporting those small businesses most impacted by the COVID pandemic. In his first term, Phillips authored the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act which helped thousands of small businesses access much-needed PPP funds and avoid further closures and layoffs. Minnesota’s Third Congressional District has more small businesses – generating more in payroll at $11.2 billion annually – than any other District in the state, according to the Small Business Administration.

“Small businesses in our community – from local burger joints to barbershops – are the glue that hold our communities together and power our economy, and they’re in crisis. We must do everything in our power to help them weather the storm so that they can help lead the economic recovery once we are through this pandemic. I’ll have the voices of Minnesota’s small business owners and entrepreneurs in mind as we provide the oversight necessary to ensure federal funds are accessible and equitably distributed and as we lay the groundwork for a prosperous future for our main street businesses.”

SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE MODERNIZATION OF CONGRESS

The bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress was created in 2019 and tasked with making recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Congress. After months of hearings, the Select Committee released 29 recommendations, including one inspired by Rep. Phillips to overhaul the onboarding process for freshmen members so that newly-elected Republicans and Democrats – who are normally separated by political party – spend more time together. As a new member of the Select Committee, Phillips will advance ideas, processes, and technologies that foster cooperation and restore Americans’ faith in government.

“Over my 30-year career in business and philanthropy, I observed hundreds of organizations, institutions, and enterprises throughout the world. I have never encountered one so utterly dysfunctional and in need of reformation as our Congress. A system that elevates dividers and ignores uniters, that promotes those who raise the most money for their party and sidelines those who raise the best ideas for their country, and that over appreciates tenure and under appreciates talent, makes a mockery of our Founders’ greatest contributions. It’s time for Congress to value winning policies over winning elections.”

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS 

Phillips will remain on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for a second term. In an increasingly interconnected world, and after four years of increased tensions with allies around the world, his work on the committee will be far-reaching.

“The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and the spread of disinformation are global issues that won’t be solved with outdated, isolationist thinking. I look forward to working with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and my colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to rebuild our relationships with allies, reestablish American leadership in the world, and ensure the 21st century is one of expanding peace and prosperity.”

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ETHICS

Phillips will remain on the House Ethics Committee for a second term. Committee members are tasked with supervising and enforcing ethics rules for the House of Representatives. It is the only standing committee with membership divided evenly between political parties; five Democrats and five Republicans.

“Restoring Americans’ faith in our government begins with cleaning up corruption and holding elected leaders accountable to the highest standards of ethics.” 

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Current Position: US Representative for MN District 4 since 2001
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1993 – 2001

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Omar, McCollum join state DFLers asking Biden to intervene in Line 3
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Stephen MontemayorAugust 30, 2021 (Medium)

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, fellow congressional Democrats and scores of Minnesota state lawmakers on Monday called for “urgent intervention” from President Joe Biden on Enbridge’s nearly completed Line 3 oil pipeline project.

The 63 elected officials — mostly DFL state legislators — signed a letter to Biden on Monday that continued an ongoing chorus of demands for government action on the $3 billion-plus project.

“In recent weeks, we have seen concerning violations of treaty rights by public agencies and private actors, ongoing violence against Indigenous women, and environmental impacts that will have long-lasting impacts on hunting, fishing, and wild rice gathering as we grapple with the climate crisis,” the lawmakers wrote.

The letter, which was also signed by fellow Minnesota Democrat U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, asks that the U.S. Interior Department “uphold the rights guaranteed to Indigenous people under federal treaties and fulfill Tribal requests for a government-to-government meeting concerning Line 3.”

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Current Position: US Representative for MN District 4 since 2001
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1993 – 2001

Other Positions:  
Chair, Defense Subcommittee – House Appropriations Committee

Featured Quote: 
My @AppropsDems colleagues and I are currently working to ensure Congress passes funding bills that improve the lives of all Americans. Watch this video to see how we make it happen #ForThePeople

Featured Video: 
“It Is Called Apartheid” – Rep. Betty McCollum Speech at USCPR National Conference

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Omar, McCollum join state DFLers asking Biden to intervene in Line 3
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Stephen MontemayorAugust 30, 2021 (Medium)

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, fellow congressional Democrats and scores of Minnesota state lawmakers on Monday called for “urgent intervention” from President Joe Biden on Enbridge’s nearly completed Line 3 oil pipeline project.

The 63 elected officials — mostly DFL state legislators — signed a letter to Biden on Monday that continued an ongoing chorus of demands for government action on the $3 billion-plus project.

“In recent weeks, we have seen concerning violations of treaty rights by public agencies and private actors, ongoing violence against Indigenous women, and environmental impacts that will have long-lasting impacts on hunting, fishing, and wild rice gathering as we grapple with the climate crisis,” the lawmakers wrote.

The letter, which was also signed by fellow Minnesota Democrat U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, asks that the U.S. Interior Department “uphold the rights guaranteed to Indigenous people under federal treaties and fulfill Tribal requests for a government-to-government meeting concerning Line 3.”

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Betty McCollum is a Democrat representing the families of Minnesota’s Fourth District in the United States House of Representatives. In 2000, Congresswoman McCollum made history as only the second Minnesota woman elected to serve in Congress since statehood in 1858. McCollum represents the residents of Minnesota’s capital city, St. Paul, as well as all of Ramsey County and most of Washington County.

Throughout her career in public service, Congresswoman McCollum has been a champion for excellence in education, protecting the environment, expanding health care access, fiscal responsibility, and robust international engagement that prioritizes diplomacy, development, human rights, along with a strong national defense.

Investments in education, health care, and 21st century infrastructure are top policy priorities for Congresswoman McCollum. With more than 20 institutions of higher learning located in the Fourth District, keeping higher education affordable, accessible, and high quality is important. A strong proponent of public education, she supports keeping our schools accountable to parents and local officials. McCollum is a champion for universal health coverage for all Americans and a strong supporter of protecting and strengthening the Affordable Care Act.

In the 117th Congress, Congresswoman McCollum brings a common sense, Minnesota perspective to her work as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee where she serves as Chair of the Defense Subcommittee, Vice Chair of the Interior-Environment Subcommittee, and as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee. McCollum is also a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, where she joins her authorizing colleagues to tackle the urgent challenges of climate change, protecting public lands, and strengthening tribal sovereignty.

As Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, McCollum is responsible for writing an annual defense funding bill of nearly $700 billion. McCollum believes national security starts by ensuring that members of our U.S. Armed Forces are the most skilled and best trained and equipped fighting force in the world. Under Chair McCollum’s leadership, the committee is prioritizing smart investments, including sustaining modernization efforts and giving priority to military health care, ending military sexual assault, and supporting international military-to-military cooperation to prevent conflicts.

In the 116th Congress, McCollum chaired the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. Despite Republican control of the White House and U.S. Senate, Chair McCollum was able to secure increased investments in the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, and the Smithsonian Institution. In the 117th Congress, McCollum will serve as Vice Chair of the subcommittee, prioritizing investments in Indian Country and protecting our clean air and water, our wilderness and public lands, and our nation’s natural treasures.

Prior to Congress, Congresswoman McCollum served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1993 to 2000, and was elected Assistant Leader three times by her Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party colleagues. From 1987 to 1992, she served her neighbors on the North St. Paul City Council.

In addition to elected office, Congresswoman McCollum’s career has included teaching high school social science, as well as twenty-five years in retail sales and management. She is a graduate of the College of St. Catherine, and the mother of two adult children. Congresswoman McCollum is a Minnesota native who grew up in South St. Paul, raised her family in North St. Paul, and now lives in St. Paul.

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Betty Louise McCollum /məˈkɒləm/ (born July 12, 1954)[1] is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 4th congressional district, serving since 2001. She is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL). McCollum’s district centers on St. Paul, Minnesota’s capital city. She is the second woman elected to Congress from Minnesota. McCollum became the dean of Minnesota’s congressional delegation in 2021.

Before her election to the U.S. House, McCollum served eight years as a state representative.

Biography

McCollum was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1976. McCollum has worked as a high school social sciences teacher and as a sales manager.

She first won election to the North St. Paul city council in 1986.[2] In 1992 she was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives after she defeated an incumbent state representative in the DFL primary. She served four terms in the Minnesota House before being elected to Congress in 2000.[3]

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After 4th district Representative Bruce Vento decided not to seek a 13th term due to illness in 2000 (he died before the election), McCollum won the DFL nomination to succeed him. The district is heavily Democratic; among Minnesota’s congressional districts, only the neighboring Minneapolis-based 5th district is considered more Democratic. The DFL has held the seat without interruption since 1949. McCollum’s main concern in winning office thus wasn’t her Republican opponent, State Senator Linda Runbeck, but Independence Party candidate Tom Foley. Foley had previously been county attorney for Ramsey County (almost all of which is in the 4th district) as a Democrat. Many thought Foley might siphon off enough votes from McCollum to allow Runbeck to win. But McCollum defeated Runbeck by a 17-point margin, with Foley in a distant third place. Foley held McCollum to 48% of the vote, making her the only Democrat not to win at least 50% of the vote since Democrats began their present dominance in the district. The district has since reverted to form, and McCollum has been reelected nine times without serious opposition.

Tenure

According to the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, McCollum held a Bipartisan Index Score of -0.1 in the 116th United States Congress for 2019, which placed her 219th out of 435 members.[4] Based on FiveThirtyEight‘s congressional vote tracker at ABC News, McCollum voted with Donald Trump’s stated public policy positions 11.4% of the time,[5] which ranked her average in the 116th United States Congress when predictive scoring (district partisanship and voting record) is used.[6]

Committee assignments

For the 117th Congress, McCollum has the following committee assignments:

McCollum has previously served on:

McCollum is a longtime member of the House Appropriations Committee, where she remains the only Minnesotan. At the start of the 111th Congress, she was also appointed to the House Budget Committee. House Democrats are not normally allowed to serve on another committee when they also serve on one of the chamber’s four exclusive “A” committees—Appropriations, Energy and Commerce, Rules, and Ways and Means—but Speaker Nancy Pelosi and committee chairman Henry Waxman granted McCollum a waiver allowing her to take a second committee slot. McCollum served on the Government Reform Committee during her first term in Congress.[17]

Party leadership, caucus, and other memberships

McCollum is the first woman elected to Congress from Minnesota since Coya Knutson in the 1950s.

McCollum received a 91% progressive rating from Progressive Punch, a self-described nonpartisan group that provides a “searchable database of Congressional voting records from a Progressive perspective”,[22] and a 13% conservative rating from the conservative SBE Council.[23]

Political positions

McCollum is pro-choice and supports Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association.[24] The latter organization aims to provide access to family planning and reproductive health care services and advocates for reproductive freedom.[25] She indicated on the 2002 National Political Awareness Test that she believed abortions should always be legally available, but only within the first trimester of pregnancy.[26]

McCollum has consistently supported the rights of members in the LGBTQ community.[27] The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.[28] It has continually approved of her voting record.[27] In a speech opposing the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment, McCollum said, “Gay and lesbian Americans are citizens who must never be treated as second-class citizens”.[29]

She has supported the interests of the elderly with regard to preserving Social Security. She has backed organizations such as the Alliance for Retired Americans and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, which share the mission to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.[30] In a position paper McCollum defended her position on Social Security, writing, “We can secure the future of Social Security with common sense and a shared, bipartisan commitment to economic security and fiscal responsibility for all Americans. This is my commitment, and you can count on me to work to protect Social Security and to find a solution that truly protects the retirement security of every American.”[31]

McCollum advocates shifting America’s energy consumption to cleaner, non-carbon-based sources. Along with Al Franken and Kit Bond, she introduced the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act, a bill to utilize thermal energy sources and create renewable energy production tax credits.[32] She also voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment in 2009.[33]

In 2004, McCollum gained national visibility when she and fellow Democrat Jim McDermott of Washington called for Secretary of Education Rod Paige to resign for claiming the National Education Association was “a terrorist organization.”

She also introduced amendments in June 2011 and 2012 to cut funding for military bands by $125 million, a proposal opposed by the Fleet Reserve Association and which the National Association for Music Education called “potentially devastating.”[34]

McCollum opposes Conceal-and-Carry legislation and voted against Right-to-Carry reciprocity in November 2011.[26]

In July 2019, McCollum voted against a House resolution introduced by Representative Brad Schneider of Illinois opposing the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel.[35] The resolution passed 398-17.[36]

In April 2021, McCollum introduced the Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living under Israeli Military Occupation Act, a bill that aims to prohibit US aid from being used by Israel to detain Palestinian minors, demolish Palestinian homes and further annex West Bank land. The bill requires the State Department to file an annual report to Congress detailing the extent to which US aid from the previous fiscal year was used to bankroll any of the aforementioned activities.[37]

Electoral history

2000 Fourth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBetty McCollum130,40348.04%
RepublicanLinda Runbeck83,85230.89%
IndependenceTom Foley55,89920.59%
ConstitutionNicholas Skrivanek1,2850.47%
2002 Fourth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBetty McCollum164,59762.22%+14.18%
RepublicanClyde Billington89,70533.91%
GreenScott J. Raskiewicz9,9193.75%
2004 Fourth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBetty McCollum182,38757.48%−4.74%
RepublicanPatrice Bataglia105,46733.24%
IndependencePeter F. Vento29,0999.17%
2006 Fourth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBetty McCollum172,09669.54%+12.06%
RepublicanObi Sium74,79730.23%
2008 Fourth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBetty McCollum216,26768.44%−1.10%
RepublicanEd Matthews98,93631.31%
2010 Fourth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBetty McCollum136,74659.09%−9.30%
RepublicanTeresa Collett80,14134.63%
IndependenceSteve Carlson14,2076.14%
2012 Fourth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBetty McCollum216,68562.27%+3.18%
RepublicanTony Hernandez109,65931.51%
IndependenceSteve Carlson21,1356.07%-0.07%
2014 Fourth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBetty McCollum147,85761.19%-1.08%
RepublicanSharna Wahlgren79,49232.90%
IndependenceDave Thomas14,0595.82%
2016 Fourth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBetty McCollum203,29957.76%-1.08%
RepublicanGreg Ryan121,03234.39%
Legal Marijuana NowSusan Pendergast Sindt27,1527.71%
2018 Fourth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBetty McCollum216,86665.99%+8.23%
RepublicanGreg Ryan97,74629.75%-4.64%
Legal Marijuana NowSusan Pendergast Sindt13,7774.19%-3.52%
2020 Fourth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic (DFL)Betty McCollum245,81363.2%-2.8%
RepublicanGene Rechtzigel112,73029.0%
GrassrootsSusan Sindt29,5377.6%
Write-in1,0340.3

See also

References

  1. ^ “Elections 2008”. Chicago Sun-Times. October 23, 2008. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2008.
  2. ^ “Campaign 2004”. Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved February 26, 2007.
  3. ^ “Biography”. Congresswoman Betty McCollum. April 12, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  4. ^ “The Lugar Center – McCourt School Bipartisan Index House Scores 116th Congress First Session (2019)” (PDF). Georgetown University. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  5. ^ “Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump – Betty McCollum”. ABC News. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  6. ^ “Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump”. ABC News. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  7. ^ “Membership | U.S. House Committee on Appropriations”. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  8. ^ “U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies | U.S. House Committee on Appropriations”. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  9. ^ “U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense | U.S. House Committee on Appropriations”. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  10. ^ “U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies | U.S. House Committee on Appropriations”. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  11. ^ “About Our Members | U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources”. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  12. ^ “Energy and Mineral Resources | U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources”. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  13. ^ “Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States | U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources”. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  14. ^ 107th Congress (2001-2002) H.RES.25.EH
  15. ^ 108th Congress (2003-2004) H.RES.670.EH
  16. ^ 107th Congress (2001-2002) H.RES.33.EH
  17. ^ Congresswoman Betty McCollum: Serving Minnesota’s Families – Speaker Pelosi Appoints McCollum to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Archived November 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ “Membership”. Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  19. ^ “Members”. Afterschool Alliance. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  20. ^ “Our Members”. U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Archived from the original on August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  21. ^ “Members of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus”. Veterinary Medicine Caucus. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  22. ^ “Leading with the Left”. Progressive Punch. Retrieved November 2, 2006.
  23. ^ “Congressional Voting Scorecard 2005” (PDF). SBE Council’s Congressional Voting Scorecard 2005. Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. June 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2006. Retrieved November 2, 2006.
  24. ^ “Betty McCollum: Interest Group Rating”. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  25. ^ “National Special Interest Groups”. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  26. ^ a b “Betty McCollum – Political Courage Test”. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  27. ^ a b “National Special Interest Groups”. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  28. ^ “About Us”. Human Rights Campaign. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  29. ^ “Public Statements”. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  30. ^ “National Special Interest Groups”. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  31. ^ “Public Statements”. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  32. ^ “Franken, Bond, McCollum Introduce Thermal Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act”. Mccollum.house.gov. July 21, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  33. ^ “Energy”. Mccollum.house.gov. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  34. ^ Alaimo, Carol Ann (August 22, 2011). “At Ft. Huachuca and elsewhere, military bands play the blues”. Arizona Daily Star.
  35. ^ Clare Foran. “Who voted ‘no’ on the House resolution opposing Israel boycott movement”. CNN. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  36. ^ Schneider, Bradley Scott (July 23, 2019). “H.Res.246 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel”. www.congress.gov. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  37. ^ Jacob Magid. “AIPAC pans bill to block US aid from some Israeli activities in West Bank”. The Times of Israel. Retrieved April 23, 2021.

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Congresswoman McCollum brings a common sense, Minnesota perspective to her work as a member of the House Appropriations Committee where she serves as the Chair of the Defense Subcommittee, the Vice Chair of the Interior-Environment Subcommittee, and as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee.

As the Chair of the Defense Subcommittee, McCollum believes national security starts by ensuring that the women and men of the Armed Forces are the most skilled and best trained and equipped fighting force in the world. McCollum has focused on giving priority to military health care, ending military sexual assault, and supporting international military-to-military cooperation to prevent conflicts. The subcommittee appropriates funding for the Departments of the Army, Navy (including Marine Corps), Air Force, National Guard, Office of Secretary of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and other related national security agencies.

Protecting clean air and water, wild lands, and our nation’s natural treasures for future generations are among McCollum’s top priorities as Vice Chair of the Interior-Environment Subcommittee, which appropriates more than $35 billion annually. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and several other related agencies were among those funded by the subcommittee.

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Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar – MN5

Current Position: US Representative for MN District 5 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2017 – 2019

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Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations –  House Foreign Affairs Committee

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We urge @POTUS to reopen the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, reissue State Department & customs guidances to clarify that settlements are inconsistent with international law, & oppose the forced expulsion of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem & throughout Palestinian territory.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar shares her experience at border facility

Democratic congresswomen: Conditions improving for Afghan refugees
Minnesota Public Radio, The Associated PressSeptember 26, 2021 (Short)

Democratic congresswomen from Wisconsin and Minnesota said they are encouraged about conditions for Afghans currently housed at an western Wisconsin military base, though some of the refugees raised questions about trauma-based care and cultural issues.

Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis met Saturday with Afghan women currently housed at Fort McCoy. The representatives toured the base at the request of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition.

“It was for us an interest in doing our oversight work as members of Congress, to try to see what was actually happening here in the military base of Fort McCoy,” Omar said, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Moore and Omar said that during their tour, they saw children playing inside the base and families eating lunch and going about life in the neighborhoods within the base, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

“We were very, very happy when we saw the children running around giving us high-fives and fist bumps,” Moore said. “That’s how we knew everything was OK.”

In addition to the need for trauma-based treatment, the evacuees suggested more emphasis on cultural competency when it comes to the traditions of the Afghan evacuees, such as providing food that aligns with their beliefs.

The base, located between Tomah and Sparta, is housing 12,600 Afghan evacuees, the representatives said. They began arriving in August after fleeing Afghanistan when the Taliban retook control of the country.

Some Republicans have raised concerns that Afghan refugees housed at military bases across the country are not being properly vetted. Moore and Omar said those complaints are unfounded.

“I know there are a lot of people who are fearmongering for political reasons, but these are probably the safest neighbors we can have in our communities,” Omar said, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Omar, other ‘squad’ members appeal to Biden on pipeline
MPR News, Matt Sepic and Tim PugmireSeptember 3, 2021 (Short)

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and other members of the House known as “the squad” are headed to northern Minnesota to highlight their opposition to the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil replacement pipeline and renew calls for President Joe Biden’s administration to halt construction on the nearly completed project.

Omar held a news conference in Minneapolis Friday with Democratic U.S. Reps. Cori Bush of Missouri, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan before the group headed to northern Minnesota to meet with tribal officials and others.

Echoing the arguments of environmental and tribal activists, Omar said the pipeline violates tribal sovereignty and will exacerbate climate change.

“We want this issue to be elevated and for it to become important enough for the president to take action, as he has on [the] Keystone [XL Pipeline],” Omar told reporters.

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Current Position: US Representative for MN District 5 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2017 – 2019

Other Positions:  
Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations –  House Foreign Affairs Committee

Featured Quote: 
We urge @POTUS to reopen the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, reissue State Department & customs guidances to clarify that settlements are inconsistent with international law, & oppose the forced expulsion of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem & throughout Palestinian territory.

Featured Video: 
Rep. Ilhan Omar shares her experience at border facility

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Democratic congresswomen: Conditions improving for Afghan refugees
Minnesota Public Radio, The Associated PressSeptember 26, 2021 (Short)

Democratic congresswomen from Wisconsin and Minnesota said they are encouraged about conditions for Afghans currently housed at an western Wisconsin military base, though some of the refugees raised questions about trauma-based care and cultural issues.

Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis met Saturday with Afghan women currently housed at Fort McCoy. The representatives toured the base at the request of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition.

“It was for us an interest in doing our oversight work as members of Congress, to try to see what was actually happening here in the military base of Fort McCoy,” Omar said, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Moore and Omar said that during their tour, they saw children playing inside the base and families eating lunch and going about life in the neighborhoods within the base, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

“We were very, very happy when we saw the children running around giving us high-fives and fist bumps,” Moore said. “That’s how we knew everything was OK.”

In addition to the need for trauma-based treatment, the evacuees suggested more emphasis on cultural competency when it comes to the traditions of the Afghan evacuees, such as providing food that aligns with their beliefs.

The base, located between Tomah and Sparta, is housing 12,600 Afghan evacuees, the representatives said. They began arriving in August after fleeing Afghanistan when the Taliban retook control of the country.

Some Republicans have raised concerns that Afghan refugees housed at military bases across the country are not being properly vetted. Moore and Omar said those complaints are unfounded.

“I know there are a lot of people who are fearmongering for political reasons, but these are probably the safest neighbors we can have in our communities,” Omar said, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Omar, other ‘squad’ members appeal to Biden on pipeline
MPR News, Matt Sepic and Tim PugmireSeptember 3, 2021 (Short)

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and other members of the House known as “the squad” are headed to northern Minnesota to highlight their opposition to the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil replacement pipeline and renew calls for President Joe Biden’s administration to halt construction on the nearly completed project.

Omar held a news conference in Minneapolis Friday with Democratic U.S. Reps. Cori Bush of Missouri, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan before the group headed to northern Minnesota to meet with tribal officials and others.

Echoing the arguments of environmental and tribal activists, Omar said the pipeline violates tribal sovereignty and will exacerbate climate change.

“We want this issue to be elevated and for it to become important enough for the president to take action, as he has on [the] Keystone [XL Pipeline],” Omar told reporters.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs.

An experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organizer, public speaker and advocate, Rep. Omar was sworn into office in January 2019, making her the first African refugee to become a Member of Congress, the first woman of color to represent Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress.

As a legislator, Rep. Omar is committed to fighting for the shared values of the 5th District,  values that put people at the center of our democracy. She plans to focus on tackling many of the issues that she hears about most from her constituents, like investing in education and freeing students from the shackles of debt; ensuring a fair wage for a hard day’s work; creating a just immigration system and tackling the existential threat of climate change.

Rep. Omar also plans to resist attempts to divide us and push destructive policies that chip away at our rights and freedoms—and to build a more inclusive and compassionate culture, one that will allow our economy to flourish and encourage more Americans to participate in our democracy.

Born in Somalia, Rep. Omar and her family fled the country’s civil war when she was eight. The family spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to the United States in 1990s. In 1997, she moved to Minneapolis with her family. As a teenager, Rep. Omar’s grandfather inspired her to get involved in politics. Before running for office, she worked as a community educator at the University of Minnesota, was a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and served as a Senior Policy Aide for the Minneapolis City Council.

In 2016 she was elected as the Minnesota House Representative for District 60B, making her the highest-elected Somali-American public official in the United States and the first Somali-American State Legislator. Rep. Omar served as the Assistant Minority Leader, with assignments to three house committees; Civil Law & Data Practices Policy, Higher Education & Career Readiness Policy and Finance, and State Government Finance.

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Congresswoman Omar is the Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Vice Chair of Medicare For All Caucus. She is a member of the LGBT Equality CaucusCongressional Black CaucusWomen’s CaucusPro-Choice CaucusTom Lantos Human Rights CommissionDiabetes CaucusCBC Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Black Maternal Health CaucusNew Americans CaucusQuiet Skies Caucus, Refugee Caucus, United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force, Unexploded Ordance/Demining Caucus, Public Works and Infrastructure CaucusBike Caucus, Black Jewish Caucus, Friends of Norway Caucus, Friends of Sweden Caucus, Hockey Caucus, International Workers Rights Caucus, Labor and Working Families Caucus, Mississippi River CaucusSustainable Energy and Environment Coalitionthe Career and Technical Education Caucus, Armenian CaucusMental Health Caucus, Hunger Caucus, Voting Rights Caucus, Homelessness Caucus, Small Business Caucus, International Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Caucus, Defense Spending Reduction Caucus, Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus, the Future of Transportation Caucus, Congressional Labor Caucus, and the ALS Caucus.

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Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (born October 4, 1982) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district since 2019. She is a member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party.[6] Before her election to Congress, Omar served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2017 to 2019, representing part of Minneapolis. Her congressional district includes all of Minneapolis and some of its first-ring suburbs.

Omar serves as whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and has advocated for a $15 minimum wage, universal healthcare, student loan debt forgiveness, the protection of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). A frequent critic of Israel, Omar supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and has denounced its settlement policy and military campaigns in the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as what she describes as the influence of pro-Israel lobbies.[7][8][9]

Omar is the first Somali American and the first naturalized citizen of African birth in the United States Congress, and the first woman of color to represent Minnesota. She is also one of the first two Muslim women (along with Rashida Tlaib) to serve in Congress.[10][11] She has been the target of several death threats, harassment by political opponents,[12][13] and false and misleading claims by Donald Trump.[14][15]

Early life and education

Omar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, on October 4, 1982,[16][17] and spent her early years in Baidoa, Somalia.[18][19] She was the youngest of seven siblings, including sister Sahra Noor. Her father, Nur Omar Mohamed, an ethnic Somali from the Majeerteen clan of Northeastern Somalia,[20] was a colonel in the Somali army under Siad Barre and also worked as a teacher trainer.[21][22] Her mother, Fadhuma Abukar Haji Hussein, a Benadiri (a community of partial Yemeni descent), died when Ilhan was two.[23][24][25][26] She was raised by her father and grandfather, who were moderate Sunni Muslims opposed to the rigid Wahhabi interpretation of Islam.[27][28] Her grandfather Abukar was the director of Somalia’s National Marine Transport, and some of Omar’s uncles and aunts also worked as civil servants and educators.[22] She and her family fled Somalia to escape the Somali Civil War and spent four years in a Dadaab refugee camp in Garissa County, Kenya, near the Somali border.[29][30][31]

Omar’s family secured asylum in the U.S. and arrived in New York in 1995,[32][33] then lived for a time in Arlington, Virginia,[25] before moving to and settling in Minneapolis,[25] where her father worked first as a taxi driver and later for the post office.[25] Her father and grandfather emphasized the importance of democracy during her upbringing, and at age 14 she accompanied her grandfather to caucus meetings, serving as his interpreter.[28][34] She has spoken about school bullying she endured during her time in Virginia, stimulated by her distinctive Somali appearance and wearing of the hijab. She recalls gum being pressed into her hijab, being pushed down stairs, and physical taunts while she was changing for gym class.[25] Omar remembers her father’s reaction to these incidents: “They are doing something to you because they feel threatened in some way by your existence.”[25] Omar became a U.S. citizen in 2000 when she was 17 years old.[35][25]

Omar attended Thomas Edison High School, from which she graduated in 2001, and volunteered as a student organizer.[36] She graduated from North Dakota State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in political science and international studies.[37][34] Omar was a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota‘s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.[38][39][40]

Early career

Omar with John Sullivan in Paris as part of Minnesota’s World’s Fair Bid Committee

Omar began her professional career as a community nutrition educator at the University of Minnesota, working in that capacity from 2006 to 2009 in the Greater Minneapolis–Saint Paul area. In 2012, she served as campaign manager for Kari Dziedzic‘s reelection campaign for the Minnesota State Senate. Between 2012 and 2013, she was a child nutrition outreach coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Education.[41]

In 2013, Omar managed Andrew Johnson‘s campaign for Minneapolis City Council. After Johnson was elected, she served as his Senior Policy Aide from 2013 to 2015.[38] During a contentious precinct caucus that turned violent in February 2014, she was attacked by five people and was injured.[22] According to MinnPost, the day before the caucus, Minneapolis city council member Abdi Warsame had told Johnson to warn Omar not to attend the meeting.[42]

As of September 2015, Omar was the Director of Policy Initiatives of the Women Organizing Women Network, advocating for women from East Africa to take on civic and political leadership roles.[38] In September 2018, Jeff Cirillo of Roll Call called her a “progressive rising star.”[43]

Minnesota House of Representatives

Elections

Omar, then a candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives, speaks at a Hillary for Minnesota event at the University of Minnesota in October 2016

Omar at the Twin Cities Pride Parade in 2018

In 2016, Omar ran on the Democratic–Farmer–Labor (DFL) ticket for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 60B, which includes part of northeast Minneapolis. On August 9, Omar defeated Mohamud Noor and incumbent Phyllis Kahn in the DFL primary.[44] Her chief opponent in the general election was Republican nominee Abdimalik Askar, another activist in the Somali-American community. In late August, Askar announced his withdrawal from the campaign.[45] In November, Omar won the general election, becoming the first Somali-American legislator in the United States.[46] Her term began on January 3, 2017.[47]

Tenure and activity

During her tenure as state Representative for District 60B, Omar was an Assistant Minority Leader for the DFL caucus.[48][49] She authored 38 bills during the 2017–2018 legislative session.[50][51]

Committee assignments

  • Civil Law & Data Practices Policy
  • Higher Education & Career Readiness Policy & Finance
  • State Government Finance[52]

Financial transparency issues

In 2018, Republican state representative Steve Drazkowski publicly accused Omar of campaign finance violations,[17] claiming that she used campaign funds to pay a divorce lawyer, and that her acceptance of speaking fees from public colleges violated Minnesota House rules. Omar responded that the attorney’s fees were not personal but campaign-related; she offered to return the speaking fees.[53][54] Drazkowski later accused Omar of improperly using campaign funds for personal travel to Estonia and locations in the U.S.[17][55][35] Omar’s campaign dismissed the accusations as politically motivated and accused Drazkowski of using public funds to harass a Muslim candidate.[35][33] In response to an editorial in the Minneapolis Star Tribune arguing that Omar should be more transparent about her use of campaign funds, she said: “these people are part of systems that have historically been disturbingly motivated to silence, discredit and dehumanize influencers who threaten the establishment.”[35]

In June 2019, Minnesota campaign finance officials ruled that Omar had to pay back $3,500 that she had spent on out-of-state travel and tax filing in violation of state law, plus a $500 fine.[56] The Campaign Finance Board’s investigation also found that in 2014 and 2015 Omar had jointly filed taxes with a man she was not legally married to. Unlike some states, Minnesota does not recognize common law marriage, and so such a joint filing is not legally permitted. But experts have said that if the taxpayer files a correction within three years, as Omar’s attorney and accountants did in 2016, then there are normally no further consequences, and the Internal Revenue Service is unlikely to pursue punitive measures unless there is a large discrepancy or fraudulent intent. In response to the AP‘s request for comment, her campaign sent a statement saying, “all of Rep. Omar’s tax filings are fully compliant with all applicable tax law.”[57][58][59]

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Elections

2018

Omar and other female members of the Congressional Black Caucus in January 2019

On June 5, 2018, Omar filed to run for the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota’s 5th congressional district after six-term incumbent Keith Ellison announced he would not seek reelection.[60] On June 17, she was endorsed by the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party after two rounds of voting.[61] Omar won the August 14 primary with 48.2% of the vote.[62] The 5th district is the most Democratic district in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, (it has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+26) and the DFL has held it without interruption since 1963. She faced health care worker and conservative activist Jennifer Zielinski in the November 6 general election[63] and won with 78.0% of the vote, becoming the first Somali American elected to the U.S. Congress, the first woman of color to serve as a U.S. Representative from Minnesota,[10] and (alongside former Michigan state representative Rashida Tlaib) one of the first Muslim women elected to the Congress.[64][65][66]

Omar received the largest percentage of the vote of any female candidate for U.S. House in state history,[67] as well as the largest percentage of the vote for a non-incumbent candidate for U.S. House (excluding those running against only minor-party candidates) in state history.[67] She was sworn in on a copy of the Quran owned by her grandfather.[68][69]

2020

Omar at a rally for Bernie Sanderspresidential campaign in 2020

Omar won the Democratic nomination in the August 11 Democratic primary, in which she faced four opponents. The strongest was mediation lawyer Antone Melton-Meaux, who raised $3.2 million in April–June 2020, compared to about $500,000 by Omar; much of Melton-Meaux’s funding came from pro-Israel groups.[70][71] Melton-Meaux was also endorsed by Minnesota’s largest newspaper, The Star Tribune.[72] This led some analysts to predict a close race,[73] but Omar received 57.4% of the vote to Melton-Meaux’s 39.2%.[74][75] She defeated Republican Lacy Johnson in the November 3 general election, with 64.3% of the vote to Johnson’s 25.8%.[76]

Tenure

Following Omar’s election, the ban on head coverings in the U.S. House was modified, and Omar became the first woman to wear a hijab on the House floor.[25] She is a member of the informal group known as “The Squad“, whose members form a unified front to push for progressive changes such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. The other members of “The Squad” are Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.[77]

Brian Stelter of CNN Business found that from January to July 2019 Omar had around twice as many mentions on Fox News as on CNN and MSNBC, and about six times the coverage of James Clyburn, a Democratic leader in the House of Representatives.[78] A CBS News and YouGov poll of almost 2,100 American adults conducted from July 17 to 19 found that Republican respondents were more aware of Omar than Democratic respondents. Omar has very unfavorable ratings among Republican respondents and favorable ratings among Democratic respondents. The same is true of the other three members of the Squad.[79]

Legislation

In July 2019, Omar introduced a resolution co-sponsored by Rashida Tlaib and Georgia Representative John Lewis stating that “all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution”. The resolution “opposes unconstitutional legislative efforts to limit the use of boycotts to further civil rights at home and abroad”, and “urges Congress, States, and civil rights leaders from all communities to endeavor to preserve the freedom of advocacy for all by opposing anti-boycott resolutions and legislation”.[80] In the same month, Omar was one of 17 Congress members to vote against a House resolution condemning the BDS movement.[81]

On January 7, 2021, Omar led a group of 13 House members introducing articles of impeachment against Trump on charges of high crimes and misdemeanors.[82] The charges are related to Trump‘s alleged interference in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia and incitement of the attack at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. by his supporters, which occurred during the certification of electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election that affirmed Joe Biden‘s victory.[83][84]

Committee assignments

Former assignments

Caucuses

2021 U.S. Capitol attack

Speaking after the 2021 United States Capitol attack, Omar said the experience was very traumatizing and that the trauma would last a long time. She said she began to fear for her life when the evacuation began and as she was being escorted to a secure area she made a phone call to the father of her children to “make sure he would continue to tell my children that I loved them if I didn’t make it out.” She said, “The face of the Capitol will forever be changed. They didn’t succeed in stopping the functions of democracy, but I do believe they succeeded in ending the openness of our democracy.”[88]

Political positions

Omar speaking during her 2020 re-election campaign

Education

Omar supports broader access to student loan forgiveness programs, as well as free tuition for college students whose family income is below $125,000.[89] Omar supports Bernie Sanders‘s plan to eliminate all $1.6 trillion in outstanding student debt, funded by an 0.5% tax on stock transactions and a 0.1% tax on bond transactions;[90] she introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives.[91] In June 2019, Omar and Senator Tina Smith introduced the No Shame at School Act, which would end the marking of—and punishment for—students with school meal debt.[92]

Health care

Omar supports Medicare for All as proposed in the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.[25][93]

Human rights

Omar has criticized Saudi Arabia‘s human rights abuses and the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.[94][95] In October 2018, she tweeted: “The Saudi government might have been strategic at covering up the daily atrocities carried out against minorities, women, activists and even the #YemenGenocide, but the murder of #JamalKhashoggi should be the last evil act they are allowed to commit.”[95] She also called for a boycott of Saudi Arabia’s regime, tweeting: “#BDSSaudi.”[96] The Saudi Arabian government responded by having dozens of anonymous Twitter troll accounts it controlled post tweets critical of Omar.[94]

Omar condemned China‘s treatment of its ethnic Uyghur people.[97] In a Washington Post op-ed, Omar wrote, “Our criticisms of oppression and regional instability caused by Iran are not legitimate if we do not hold Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to the same standards. And we cannot continue to turn a blind eye to repression in Saudi Arabia—a country that is consistently ranked among the worst of the worst human rights offenders.”[98] She also condemned the Assad regime in Syria.[99] Omar criticized Trump’s decision to impose further sanctions on Iran, saying the sanctions devastated the “country’s middle class and increased hostility toward the United States, with tensions between the two countries rising to dangerous levels.”[100]

Omar condemned the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings, tweeting, “No person, of any faith, should be fearful in their house of worship.”[101]

Omar opposed the October 2019 Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria, writing that “What has happened after Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria is a disaster—tens of thousands of civilians have been forced to flee, hundreds of Islamic State fighters have escaped, and Turkish-backed rebels have been credibly accused of atrocities against the Kurds.”[100]

In October 2019, Omar voted “present” on H.Res. 296, to recognize the Armenian genocide,[102] causing a backlash.[103][104] She said in a statement that “accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as cudgel in a political fight” and argued that such a step should include both the Atlantic slave trade and the Native American genocide.[105] In November, after her controversial vote, Omar publicly condemned the Armenian genocide at a rally for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[106][107]

Immigration

In March 2019, Politico reported that Omar criticized Barack Obama‘s “caging of kids” along the Mexican border.[108][109] Omar accused Politico of distorting her comments and said that she had been “saying how [President] Trump is different from Obama, and why we should focus on policy not politics,” adding, “One is human, the other is really not.”[110]

In June 2019, Omar was one of four Democratic representatives to vote against the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, a $4.5 billion border funding bill that required Customs and Border Protection to enact health standards for individuals in custody such as standards for “medical emergencies; nutrition, hygiene, and facilities; and personnel training.” “Throwing more money at the very organizations committing human rights abuses—and the very Administration directing these human rights abuses—is not a solution. This is a humanitarian crisis … inflicted by our own leadership,” she said.[111][112]

Infrastructure spending

On November 5, 2021, Omar was one of six House Democrats to break with their party and vote against the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act because it was decoupled from the social safety net provisions in the Build Back Better Act.[113][114]

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Support for boycott efforts and other criticisms

While she was in the Minnesota legislature, Omar was critical of the Israeli government and opposed a law intended to restrict the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.[115] She compared the movement to people who “engage[d] in boycotts” of apartheid in South Africa.[96] During her House campaign, she said she did not support the BDS movement, describing it as counterproductive to peace.[116][117] After the election her position changed, as her campaign office told Muslim Girl that she supports the BDS movement despite “reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”[118][119][116] Omar has voiced support for a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.[96][98] She criticized Israel’s settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank.[120]

In 2018, Omar came under criticism for statements she made about Israel before she was in the Minnesota legislature.[115][117] In a 2012 tweet, she wrote, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”[115][121] The comment, particularly the notion that Israel had “hypnotized the world,” was criticized as drawing on anti-Semitic tropes.[115] Then-The New York Times columnist Bari Weiss wrote that Omar’s statement tied into a millennia-old “conspiracy theory of the Jew as the hypnotic conspirator.”[122] When asked in an interview how she would respond to American Jews who found the remark offensive, Omar replied, “I don’t know how my comments would be offensive to Jewish Americans. My comments precisely are addressing what was happening during the Gaza War and I’m clearly speaking about the way the Israeli regime was conducting itself in that war.”[121] After reading Weiss’s commentary, Omar apologized for not “disavowing the anti-Semitic trope I unknowingly used.”[123]

In September 2019, Omar condemned Benjamin Netanyahu‘s plans to annex the eastern portion of the occupied West Bank known as the Jordan Valley.[124] Omar said Israelis should not vote for Netanyahu in the September 2019 Israeli legislative election.[125]

Remarks on AIPAC and American support for Israel

In February 2019, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who some months earlier had claimed three wealthy Jews—George Soros, Tom Steyer, and Michael Bloomberg—were trying to buy the 2018 midterm elections,[126] threatened to “take action” against Omar and Rashida Tlaib for their support of the BDS movement. When journalist Glenn Greenwald responded that it was remarkable “how much time U.S. political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans”, and tagged Omar for a comment, she replied with a quote from a hip hop song, “It’s All About the Benjamins“, alluding to the $100 bill of that name. Asked by Batya Ungar-Sargon of The Forward to clarify who she thought was paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, she tweeted “AIPAC“, a view that Ben Ehrenreich noted, had been argued and thoroughly documented 13 years earlier by two American political scientists, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt in their book The Israel Lobby. Ehrenreich added that Ungar-Sargon’s immediate response that Omar was indulging in “anti-Jewish paranoia” led to a media pile-on of attacks on her.[126][127]

A number of Democratic leaders—including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn—condemned the tweet, which was interpreted as implying that money was fueling American politicians’ support of Israel.[128] The Democratic House leadership released a statement accusing Omar of “engaging in deeply offensive anti-Semitic tropes.”[129] The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) also denounced her statements.[130] Omar issued an apology the next day, saying, “I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” and adding, “I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry.”[129] The Anti-Defamation League accused her of promoting an ‘ugly conspiracy theory’ concerning putative Jewish influence in politics.[131] Peter Beinart, after tweeting that the controversy was about ‘policing the American debate over Israel,’[132] thought Omar’s statement inaccurate, wrong and irresponsible, but argued that her congressional critics were more ‘bigoted’ on Israeli-Palestinian issues by comparison.[133] Jonathan Tobin of National Review described her comments as “not rooted in a lack of communication” and a “good indicator of the persistent appeal of anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories”.[134]

On February 27, 2019, Omar said of her critics: “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” The statements were quickly criticized as allegedly drawing on anti-Semitic tropes of dual loyalty. House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Eliot Engel said it was “deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens” and asked Omar to retract her statement.[135] House Appropriations Committee chairwoman Nita Lowey also called for an apology and criticized the statements in a March 3 tweet, which led to an online exchange between the two. In response, Omar reaffirmed her remarks, insisting that she “should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.”[136][137] Omar said she was simply criticizing Israel, drawing a distinction between criticism of Benjamin Netanyahu and being anti-Semitic.[138][139] Omar’s spokesman, Jeremy Slevin, said Omar was speaking out about “the undue influence of lobbying groups for foreign interests.”[140]

Reaction among Democratic presidential candidates was mixed. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders defended Omar.[141] Senators Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio regarded her statements as disturbing.[142][143] According to The Guardian, election records archived by OpenSecrets “suggest a correlation between pro-Israel lobby campaign contributions and Democratic presidential candidates’ position on the controversy.”[144] Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus believed Omar was unfairly targeted because she is a black Muslim, noting that “the Democratic leadership did not draft a resolution condemning Donald Trump or other white male Republicans over their antisemitic remarks.”[144] The second round of remarks prompted the Democratic leadership to introduce a resolution condemning antisemitism that did not specifically refer to Omar. Following objections from a number of congressional progressive Democrats, the resolution was amended to include Islamophobia, racism, and homophobia.[145] On March 7, the House passed the amended resolution. Omar called the resolution “historic on many fronts,” and said, “We are tremendously proud to be part of a body that has put forth a condemnation of all forms of bigotry including anti-Semitism, racism, and white supremacy.”[146] Some Minnesota Jewish and Muslim community leaders subsequently expressed continued concern over Omar’s rhetoric and language and indicated that the issue remained divisive with Omar’s district.[147]

Ban from entering Israel

In August 2019, Omar and Representative Rashida Tlaib were banned from entering Israel, a reversal from the July 2019 statement by Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer that “any member of Congress” would be allowed in. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attributed the ban to Israeli law preventing the entry of people who call for a boycott of Israel (as Omar and Tlaib had done with their support for BDS). Netanyahu also cited Omar and Tlaib listing their destination as Palestine instead of Israel, claiming he thus viewed their visit as an attempt to “hurt Israel and increase its unrest”. Netanyahu also said that Omar and Tlaib did not plan on visiting or meeting with any Israeli officials from the government or the opposition, and additionally accused Miftah, the sponsor of Omar’s trip, of having members who support terrorism against Israel (in 2016, Israel approved a visit by five U.S. Representatives to Israel that Miftah co-sponsored, but that was before Israel enacted its anti-BDS law).[148][149] Less than two hours before the ban, President Trump tweeted that Israel allowing the visit would “show great weakness” when Omar and Tlaib “hate Israel & all Jewish people”.[150][151][152][148] Omar said that Netanyahu had caved to Trump’s demand and that “Trump’s Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing”. She responded to Netanyahu that she had intended to meet members of Israel’s legislative Knesset and Israeli security officials. Both Democratic and Republican legislators criticized the ban and requested that Israel rescind it.[153][154] AIPAC released a statement saying that it disagreed with Israel’s move and that Omar and Tlaib should have been allowed to “experience Israel firsthand”, while the head of the American Jewish Committee put out a statement agreeing with AIPAC on the matter.[155] U.S. Representative Max Rose (who is Jewish) also criticized the move to ban Omar, adding that Omar and Tlaib did not speak for the Democratic Party.[156]

LGBT rights

In March 2019, Omar addressed a rally in support of a Minnesota bill that would ban gay conversion therapy in the state. She co-sponsored a similar bill when she was a member of the Minnesota House.[157] In May 2019, Omar introduced legislation that would sanction Brunei over a recently introduced law that would make homosexual sex and adultery punishable by death.[158] In June 2019, she participated in Twin Cities Pride in Minnesota.[159] In August 2019, Omar wrote on Twitter in support of the Palestinian LGBT rights group Al Qaws after the Palestinian Authority banned Al Qaws’s activities in the West Bank.[160]

Military policy

Omar has been critical of U.S. foreign policy, and has called for reduced funding for “perpetual war and military aggression,”[161] saying, “knowing my tax dollars pay for bombs killing children in Yemen makes my heart break,” with “everyone in Washington saying we don’t have enough money in the budget for universal health care, we don’t have enough money in the budget to guarantee college education for everyone.”[161] Omar has criticized the U.S. government’s drone assassination program, citing the Obama administration’s policy of “droning of countries around the world.”[108][109] She has said, “we don’t need nearly 800 military bases outside the United States to keep our country safe.”[98]

In 2019, Omar signed a letter led by Representative Ro Khanna and Senator Rand Paul to President Trump asserting that it is “long past time to rein in the use of force that goes beyond congressional authorization” and that they hoped this would “serve as a model for ending hostilities in the future—in particular, as you and your administration seek a political solution to our involvement in Afghanistan.”[162][163]

In May 2020, Omar signed a letter backed by AIPAC calling for the continuation of the UN embargo against Iran,[164] with her office noting that it was a “narrow ask that we couldn’t find anything wrong with.” Her office said that she has opposed human rights abuse “for a long time” and that signing onto it should be not be seen as a sign she supports the Trump administration’s policy on Iran.[165]

Minimum wage

Omar speaking at a worker protest against Amazon, December 2018

Omar supports a $15 hourly minimum wage.[25][166]

Minneapolis Police Department

In June 2020, the “defund the police” slogan gained widespread popularity following the murder of George Floyd. Black Lives Matter and other activists used the phrase to call for police budget reductions and a plan to delegate certain police responsibilities to other organizations. Reacting to the murder of Floyd, the majority of the Minneapolis City Council voted to dismantle the city’s police department. In a statement, the Minneapolis mayor said they planned to work to address “systemic racism in police culture.”[167][168] Following the murder of Floyd, Omar supported the police abolition movement in Minneapolis that sought to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, saying that the department had “proven themselves beyond reform.”[168] Omar hoped to see a new police department that would be modeled after the Camden County Police Department in New Jersey.

Venezuela crisis

In January 2019, amid the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis, Omar joined Democrats Ro Khanna and Tulsi Gabbard in denouncing the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Juan Guaidó, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as Venezuela’s interim president.[169] She described Trump’s action as a “U.S. backed coup” and said that the U.S. should not “hand pick” foreign leaders[170] and should support “Mexico, Uruguay & the Vatican’s efforts to facilitate a peaceful dialogue.”[169] In response to criticisms of her comments, Omar wrote that “No one is defending Maduro” and that opposing US intervention is not the equivalent of supporting the existing leadership of a country.[171]

In February 2019, Omar questioned whether Elliott Abrams, whom Trump appointed as Special Representative for Venezuela in January 2019, was the correct choice given his past support of right-wing authoritarian regimes in El Salvador and Guatemala, his initial doubts about the number of reported deaths in the El Mozote massacre in 1982, and his two 1991 misdemeanor convictions for withholding information from Congress about the Iran–Contra affair, for which he was later pardoned by George H. W. Bush.[172][173]

In May 2019, Omar said in an interview on Democracy Now! that she believed U.S. foreign policy and economic sanctions are aimed at regime change and have contributed to the “devastation in Venezuela.”[174]

Threats and harassment

DFL caucus attack

On February 4, 2014, Omar was attacked and wounded by multiple attendees during a DFL caucus for Minnesota’s House of Representatives District 60B.[175] She was organizing the event and was a policy aide to Minneapolis City Councilman Andrew Johnson at the time. She sustained a concussion and was sent to the hospital.[176]

Death threats

In February 2019, the FBI arrested United States Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Hasson, who was allegedly plotting to assassinate various journalists and political figures in the United States, including Omar. According to prosecutors, Hasson is a self-described “long time White Nationalist” and former skinhead who wanted to use violence to “establish a white homeland.” Prosecutors also alleged that Hasson was in contact with an American neo-Nazi leader, stockpiled weapons, and compiled a hit list.[177]

On or before February 22, 2019, “Assassinate Ilhan Omar” was graffitied in a Rogers, Minnesota Holiday gas station restroom, prompting an FBI investigation.[178]

On April 7, 2019, Patrick Carlineo Jr., was arrested for threatening to assault and murder Omar in a phone call to her office. He reportedly told investigators that he did not want Muslims in the government.[179][180] In May 2019, Carlineo was released from custody and placed on house arrest.[181] He pleaded guilty to the offense on November 19.[182] Omar asked the court to be lenient with him.[183]

In April 2019, Omar said that she had received more death threats after Trump made comments about her and 9/11, “many directly referencing or replying to the president’s video”.[184] In August 2019, she published an anonymous threat she had received of being shot at the Minnesota State Fair, saying that such threats were why she now had security protection.[185] In September 2019, she asserted Trump was putting her life in danger by retweeting a tweet falsely claiming she had “partied on the anniversary of 9/11”.[186]

Two Republican candidates for congressional office have called for Omar’s execution.[187] In November 2019, Danielle Stella, Omar’s Republican opponent for Congress, was banned from Twitter for suggesting that Omar be hanged for treason if found guilty of passing information to Iran.[182] In December 2019, George Buck, another Republican running for Congress, also suggested that Omar be hanged for treason. In response, Buck was removed from the National Republican Congressional Committee‘s Young Guns program.[188]

“Go back to their countries” Trump tweet

On July 14, 2019, Trump tweeted that The Squad – a group that consists of Omar and three other congresswomen of color who were born in the United States – should “go back” to the “places from which they came”.[14][189][15] In response, Omar said Trump was “stoking white nationalism” because he was “angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.”[189] Two days later, the House of Representatives voted 240–187 to condemn Trump’s “racist comments”.[190] On July 17, it was reported that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lists the phrase “Go back to where you came from” as an example of “harassment based on national origin”.[191]

At a July 17 campaign rally in North Carolina, Trump made additional comments about The Squad: “They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, ‘Hey if you don’t like it, let ’em leave, let ’em leave“, and “I think in some cases they hate our country”.[192] He made a series of false and misleading claims about Omar, including allegations that she had praised al-Qaeda and “smeared” American soldiers who had fought in Battle of Mogadishu by bringing up the numerous Somali civilian casualties.[193][194][195] The crowd reacted by chanting, “Send her back, Send her back.”[196][197] Trump later called the crowd “incredible people, incredible patriots” and accused Omar of racism and antisemitism.[198] On July 19, he falsely claimed that Omar and the rest of The Squad had used the term “evil Jews”.[199]

Foreign media has widely covered Trump’s remarks about Omar and The Squad. The social media hashtag #IStandWithIlhanOmar was soon trending in the United States and other countries.[200] Many foreign politicians condemned Trump’s comments. On July 19, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “I reject [Trump’s comments] and stand in solidarity with the congresswomen he targeted.”[200]

Target of hate speech

Omar has frequently been the target of hate speech.[201][202] According to a study by the Social Science Research Council of more than 113,000 tweets about Muslim candidates in the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, Omar “was the prime target. Roughly half of the 90,000 tweets mentioning her included hate speech or Islamophobic or anti-immigrant language.”[203][204] According to the study, “Key themes included Muslims as subhumans or ‘Trojan horses’ seeking to impose Shariah law on America…. A large proportion of these trolls were likely bots or automated accounts run by people, organizations or state actors seeking to spread political propaganda and hate speech. That’s based on telltale iconography, naming patterns, webs of linkages and the breadth of the postelection scrubbing.”[204]

9/11 comments and World Trade Center cover

On April 11, 2019, the front page of the New York Post carried an image of the World Trade Center burning following the September 11 terrorist attacks and a quotation from a speech Omar gave the previous month. The headline read, “REP. ILHAN OMAR: 9/11 WAS ‘SOME PEOPLE DID SOMETHING“, and a caption underneath added, “Here’s your something … 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”[205] The Post was quoting a speech Omar had given at a recent Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) meeting. In the speech Omar said, “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us [Muslims in the U.S.] were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” (CAIR was founded in 1994, but many new members joined after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.)[206][207]

On April 12, President Trump retweeted a video that edited Omar’s remarks to remove context, showing her saying, “Some people did something.”[208][209][210][211] Some Democratic representatives condemned Trump’s retweet, predicting that it would incite violence and hatred. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Trump to “take down his disrespectful and dangerous video” and asked the U.S. Capitol Police to increase its protection of Omar.[212][213]

Speaking at an April 30 protest by black women calling for formal censure of Trump,[214] Omar blamed Trump and his allies for inciting Americans against both Jews and Muslims.[215]

Comments by Lauren Boebert

In November 2021, Republican Representative Lauren Boebert said she had shared an elevator with Omar, and that she and a Capitol Police officer both mistook Omar for a terrorist. Boebert referred to Omar as the “Jihad Squad”.[216] Omar said that she had had not shared an elevator with Boebert, that the story was made up, and that Boebert’s comments were “anti-Muslim bigotry”.[217][218]

Electoral history

2018

Minnesota’s 5th congressional district Democratic primary, 2018[219]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Ilhan Omar 65,238 48.2
Democratic (DFL)Margaret Anderson Kelliher41,15630.4
Democratic (DFL)Patricia Torres Ray17,62913.0
Democratic (DFL)Jamal Abdulahi4,9843.7
Democratic (DFL)Bobby Joe Champion3,8312.8
Democratic (DFL)Frank Drake2,4801.8
Total votes135,318 100.0
Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, 2018[220]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Ilhan Omar 267,703 77.97
RepublicanJennifer Zielinski74,44021.68
Write-in1,2150.35
Total votes343,358 100.0
Democratic (DFL) hold

2020

Minnesota’s 5th congressional district Democratic primary, 2020[221]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Ilhan Omar 92,443 57.4
Democratic (DFL)Antone Melton-Meaux63,05939.2
Democratic (DFL)John Mason2,4971.6
Democratic (DFL)Daniel Patrick McCarthy1,7921.1
Democratic (DFL)Les Lester1,1470.7
Total votes160,938 100.0
Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, 2020[221]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Ilhan Omar 255,924 64.3
RepublicanLacy Johnson102,87825.8
Legal Marijuana NowMichael Moore37,9799.5
GreenToya Woodland340.0
Total votes398,263 100.0
Democratic (DFL) hold

Awards and honors

Omar received the 2015 Community Leadership Award from Mshale, an African immigrant media outlet based in Minneapolis. The prize is awarded annually on a readership basis.[222]

In 2017, Time magazine named Omar among its “Firsts: Women who are changing the world,” a special report on 46 women who broke barriers in their respective disciplines, and featured her on the cover of its September 18 issue.[223] Her family was named one of the “five families who are changing the world as we know it” by Vogue in their February 2018 issue featuring photographs by Annie Leibovitz.[224]

Media appearances

In 2018, Omar was featured in the music video for Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You” featuring Cardi B.[225]

The 2018 documentary film Time for Ilhan (directed by Norah Shapiro, produced by and Chris Newberry) chronicles Omar’s political campaign.[226] It was selected to show at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival.[227][228]

Following a July 2019 tweet by Trump that The Squad—a group that consists of Omar and three other congresswomen of color who were born in the United States—should “go back” to the “places from which they came”,[14] Omar and the other members of the Squad held a press conference that was taped by CNN and posted to social media.
[229]

On October 19, 2020, Omar joined Ocasio-Cortez, Disguised Toast, Jacksepticeye, and Pokimane in a Twitch stream playing the popular game Among Us, encouraging streamers to vote in the 2020 election. This collaboration garnered almost half a million views.[230]

Personal life

In 2002, Omar became engaged to Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi (né Aden). She has said that they had an unofficial faith-based Islamic marriage. The couple had two children together. Omar has said that they divorced within their faith tradition in 2008.[2][4]

In 2009, Omar married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a British Somali.[2] According to Omar, in 2011 she and Elmi had a faith-based divorce and she reconciled with Hirsi, with whom she had a third child in 2012.[231][2] In 2017, Elmi and Omar legally divorced,[54] and Omar and Hirsi legally married in 2018.[35] On October 7, 2019, Omar filed for divorce from Hirsi, citing an “irretrievable breakdown” of the marriage.[232] The divorce was finalized on November 5, 2019.[4][5]

In March 2020, Omar married Tim Mynett, a political consultant whose political consulting firm, the E Street Group, received $2.78 million in contracts from Omar’s campaign during the 2020 cycle.[233][234][235] The campaign’s contract with Mynett’s firm became a focus of criticism by her Democratic primary opponent and conservative critics that received significant local and national media attention.[236][237] On November 17, 2020, Omar’s campaign terminated its contract with Mynett’s firm, saying the termination was to “make sure that anybody who is supporting our campaign with their time or financial support feels there is no perceived issue with that support.”[238]

Omar’s daughter Isra Hirsi is one of the three principal organizers of the school strike for climate in the US.[239]

On June 15, 2020, Omar’s father died of complications from COVID-19.[240]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Omar and Elmi were married in 2009. Omar has stated that the couple divorced within their faith tradition in 2011. They remained legally married until 2017.[2]
  2. ^ Omar has stated that she and Hirsi married within their faith tradition in 2002. The couple had two children. Omar has stated that she and Hirsi divorced within their faith tradition in 2008. They reconciled and had a third child in 2012.[3] Omar and Hirsi were legally married in 2018.[2] Their divorce was finalized on November 5, 2019.[4][5]

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