Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar has announced that she secretly got married to Tim Mynett, a political adviser.

Last night she posted a picture on Instagram of herself and Mynett with the caption:

Got married! From partners in politics to life partners, so blessed. Alhamdulillah

(Alhamdulillah is an Arabic phrase meaning "praise be to God", or "bless you".)

Their relationship was not particularly public and many weren't aware they were dating, although Mynett's ex-wife did accuse them of having an affair, which they both denied.

Omar was elected to congress in the 2018 midterms, alongside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.

The four representatives became known as "The Squad" due to their similarly progressive ideologies and the fact that they were all newly elected, relatively young women of colour, and the frequent targets of Trump's rage. The president even encouraged racist conspiracy theories that Omar was married to her brother.

Fellow "squad" member Tlaib congratulated Omar in the comments section, saying: "Alf Mabrook ["congratulations" in Arabic] sis. So happy for you."

Omar, who was born in Somalia, is the first refugee to serve as a member of congress.

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