Ilhan Omar, the 34-year-old community organizer who came to America as a refugee from Somalia, was one of only two members of the Minnesota State House to vote against a bill that would allow life insurance companies to deny payouts to the beneficiaries of terrorists who die in violent attacks on Americans
The House voted 127-2 to pass the bill, which now moves on to a vote in the State Senate.
Omar, who represents the heavily immigrant Cedar Riverside area of Minneapolis, was joined by fellow Democratic Rep. John Lesch of St. Paul in voting against the bill.
Omar’s vote sticks out because at least 42 Somali refugees have been confirmed by the FBI to have left the U.S. to join overseas terrorist organizations, including al-Shabab, the al-Qaida affiliate in Somalia, and ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Dozens of other Somali-Americans have been tried and/or convicted of providing material support to overseas terrorists.
Before she was elected she was an activist who often lobbied the Minneapolis City Council on progressive issues.
Ths is not the first time Omar has been in the middle of controversy. While running for her seat, she was exposed for being married to her own brother, but this didn't seem to stop the 'tolerant' people of her district from giving her the seat anyways.