Rep. Ilhan Omar with her father Nur Omar at her swearing in ceremony. (Photo: Flickr/Kalboz)
Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar
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Politico‘s Matthew Choi is reporting Rep. Ilhan Omar’s father Nur Omar Mohamed has died from COVID-19. The Minnesota Congressman was raised by her father and grandfather after Omar’s mother died when she was an infant. They came to America as refugees in 1995 to escape the civil war in Somalia, eventually settling in Minnesota.

“It is with tremendous sadness and pain that I share that my father, Nur Omar Mohamed, passed away due to complications from COVID-19,” Omar said in a statement. “No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew him.”

In May, Congresswoman Maxine Waters lost her sister Velma Moody to COVID-19.

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