MINNEAPOLIS -- Ilhan Omar has been declared the winner in the race for Minnesota State Representative in District 60B, making her the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States.

“Tonight is the culmination of more than a year of hard work. I am so proud of this win because District 60B represents Minnesota at its finest. My neighbors, and everyone here in this room, represent what we as a nation want to be: united in our diversity,” Omar said. “Longtime residents, East African immigrants and students -- we came together and engaged in the political progress. We talked about the issues that concern us and we connected on the future we want to create.”

A political activist and former aide to the Minneapolis City Council, Omar defeated 22-term Rep. Phyllis Kahn in the DFL primary. Her Republican rival later dropped out of the race.

Omar's district spans the University of Minnesota and is home to a large population of immigrants from Somalia and other East African countries.

She argued during her campaign that the district needed a fresher face that better represents the diversity and needs of the area.