Minnesota’s Hamse Warfa Becomes Senior Adviser to US State Department: ‘This Is A Calling’ – WCCO

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – President Joe Biden is calling one of Minnesota’s top public servants to the nation’s capital.

Hamse Warfa, the highest-ranking Somali American in Minnesota’s executive branch, has been named senior adviser to the U.S. State Department, which promotes Biden’s democracy agenda.

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“This is a calling and I am grateful that I have another chance to serve our country,” Warfa said. “I could not say no at this critical moment in our country.”

Warfa will leave his position as deputy commissioner in Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Born in Somalia, Warfa lived through civil war and then spent three years in Kenyan refugee camps. He came to the United States in early high school without knowing English. Warfa went on to obtain his master’s degree.

The man and father of four feel he and his family have benefited from the American willingness to accept strangers.

“In this country, I have learned the strength of my voice,” Warfa said.

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Hamse Warfa (Credit: CBS)

He will help develop strategies to protect and promote democracy, as well as represent the administration at conferences around the world. The role has significant personal significance for him.

“I hope, you know, people see in my example the reflection of hope for democracy and value, that everyone’s voice and voice counts and matters,” Warfa said.

Governor Tim Walz issued this statement on Warfa’s appointment:

I am convinced that Hamse will serve the people of the United States with the same integrity, political expertise and collaborative leadership that he gave the people of Minnesota. Hamse and his team at DEED advocated for the economic well-being of all Minnesota residents during the pandemic, focusing on ensuring that workers and businesses had the resources and education to survive and thrive. I am grateful for Hamse’s service to our state and his commitment to building a just economy that works for all.

“I’m really excited to be part of the team that will implement the vision that President Biden has laid both for our country and globally,” Warfa said. “I feel this sense of urgency and call for action.”

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Warfa worked on Biden’s campaign in 2020. He will start his job at the end of January.


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