At a time when immigrants and the very values that make America great are under attack, Jamal Abdulahi is an only-in-America success story.
Raised in hand-to-mouth poverty in rural Somalia, Jamal fled the Somali Civil War and endured hunger and fear in refugee camps before finally having the opportunity to evacuate to America.
On arriving in America, he took a Greyhound from California to Minnesota, worked minimum wage jobs to put himself through school and when he became eligible transferred to the University of Minnesota’s prestigious Institute of Technology and earned a degree in electrical engineering.
As committed DFL’er, Jamal has knocked on thousands of doors, chaired a committee charged with making recommendations on updating the DFL’s technology infrastructure and founded the Somali-American DFL Caucus which has taken as its mission to organize one of Minnesota’s most politically marginalized communities.
As a community advocate, Jamal has written extensively about the Somali community for mainstream publications and worked closely with legislators to draft legislation addressing gaps in mental health care, medical professionals trained overseas to be re-certified in Minnesota and a pilot program at Augsburg College to help inspire teachers of East African heritage to become licensed educators.
Jamal earned his M.B.A. while working full time and raising a family and developed his policy and leadership skills as a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.
Jamal and his wife Sahra Ali are raising four daughters and continue to serve the community just as Jamal has done his entire adult life.
Now, Jamal is ready to take his advocacy to Washington. He will be a leader in resisting Donald Trump’s divisive and discriminatory policies.
No challenge is too big for Jamal Abdulahi. He will successfully represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District with your help!