Saint Paul, Minn. – Today, Women Winning announced its endorsement of State Rep. Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District.
“Representative Omar has been an unapologetic advocate for women’s rights and choice and we need her passion and leadership in Washington. She has built a strong and diverse coalition of support that will propel her through the August primary and carry her to victory in November,” said Lauren Beecham, Executive Director of Women Winning. “Representative Omar has already made history as the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature and she will continue to make history when she becomes the first Somali-American U.S. Congressperson and the first woman elected to Congress from the Fifth Congressional District.”
State Rep. Omar is a lifelong organizer with both municipal and state policy experience. She stepped up to run for office in 2016 to ensure that all members of her community were heard. Her campaign brought together longtime residents and people newly engaged in the political process around issues like health care, immigration and affordable housing, increasing voter turnout in the district by 37 percent. As a member of the Minnesota House and Assistant Minority Leader, she has demonstrated her commitment to protecting women’s access to care, reproductive justice, affirmative health and consent education, raising the wage, paid family leave, and pay equity.
“I participated in Women Winning’s training program before ever running for office and received the organization’s endorsement in my Minnesota House race, so I know first-hand the impact that Women Winning and its membership have for candidates,” said State Rep. Omar. “It is so meaningful to have the backing of this powerful movement and I look forward to working closely with the organization throughout this election cycle and beyond.”
Women Winning has been working for 36 years to elect pro-choice women from all political parties to every level of public office, from Park Board to President. In that time, the number of women state legislators, county commissioners, and mayors has more than doubled in Minnesota. Women Winning’s endorsement comes with strategic campaign guidance, training, and financial and grassroots support.
About Women Winning
Women Winning’s mission is to encourage, promote, support, and elect pro-choice women of all political parties to all levels of public office. Women Winning runs a smart, strategic, and targeted political program focused on districts deemed winnable for pro-choice women candidates with the goal of increasing the number of women serving in public office. Each election cycle, Women Winning’s strong wins build upon the success of the organization’s Statewide Candidate Recruitment & Development Program.
Women Winning was established in 1982 by 25 multi-partisan, pro-choice women who wanted to increase the number of women in public office. With more than 14,500 members, Women Winning is the largest and most influential statewide women’s PAC in Minnesota and has raised millions of dollars and supported thousands of women candidates.