Ahmed Hirsi is the proud husband of politician, Ilhan Omar –currently the representative for Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District.
Ahmed’s wife became the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States in 2016. She was born Ilhan Abdullahi Omar on October 4, 1981. She lived in a refugee camp in Kenya after she and her family left their country due to the civil war. She and her family arrived in the US in 1997.
Once settled in Minneapolis, she attended Edison High School. She graduated from North Dakota State University –with bachelor’s degrees in political science and international studies.
Before running for office, Ilhan was a Humphrey Policy Fellow and served as a senior Policy Aide for a Minneapolis City Council Member. She and husband Ahmed Hirsi have been married since 2018.
She and her husband have an unconventional story, meet him below.
#1 The two became engaged but didn’t tie the knot
The two became engaged in 2002 but never actually walked the isle at that time. Instead, they separated around 2008.
#2 He is her second husband
Ilhan Omar tied the knot to another Ahmed in 2009. She and British Ahmed Nur Said Elmi divorced in 2011 –the same year she and Ahmed Hirsi reconciled. She and British Ahmed were legally divorced in 2017. Finally in 2018, she and Ahmed Hirsi were able to get married.
#3 He is the father of all of her children
The couple welcomed a son and a daughter during the initial stage of their relationship in the early 2000’s. After they were reunited in 2011, Omar and Hirsi welcomed their third child in 2012.
#4 Hirsi describes himself as a ‘father, husband and activist’
Last year, Ahmed Hirsi was hired as a Senior Policy Aide by Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano.
#5 He runs his own company
Between April and Aug. 6, Hirsi worked for St. Paul College helping students with financial aid and registration issues. Previously, he worked as a banker for Wells Fargo for 11 years. Since May 2016, Hirsi has been running his own business, New American Financial Literacy, which advises immigrant communities about homebuying, banking, entrepreneurship and taxes.
Check him out on Instagram here.