Keith Ellison

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Keith Ellison
Keith Ellison official portrait.png
Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Assumed office
February 25, 2017
Leader Tom Perez
Preceded by Position established
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 5th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Martin Sabo
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 58B district
In office
January 7, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Gregory Gray
Succeeded by Augustine Dominguez
Personal details
Born Keith Maurice Ellison
(1963-08-04) August 4, 1963 (age 55)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Spouse(s) Kim Ellison (1987–2012)
Children Amirah
Alma mater Wayne State University, B.A.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, J.D.
Religion Sunni Islam
Website House website

Keith Maurice Ellison (born August 4, 1963) is an American politician. He has been the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), the Minnesota state Democratic Party affiliate. Ellison is a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a Chief Deputy Whip, also notably serving in the House Committee on Financial Services.

Ellison is the first Muslim to be elected to Congress.[1] He is also the first African American elected to the House from Minnesota.[2]

In November 2016, progressive groups and United States senators, including Bernie Sanders of Vermont,[3] supported Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee.[4][5] On February 25, 2017, minutes after defeating him on a second ballot, Chairman Tom Perez motioned for Ellison to be elected his Deputy Chair which was approved by a unanimous voice vote of DNC members.[6]

On June 5, 2018, Ellison announced that he was running for Attorney General of Minnesota and not seeking reelection to Congress.[7][8]

References[change | change source]

  1. Robson, Britt (2006-08-30). "Running Man". City Pages. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  2. MacFarquhar, Neil (2006-10-11). "Muslim's Election Is Celebrated Here and in Mideast". New York Times. Retrieved 2006-10-11. 
  3. Strauss, Daniel (November 10, 2016). "Sanders backs Ellison for DNC chairman". Politico. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  4. Hook, Janet (November 11, 2016). "Schumer, Liberal Leaders Rally Behind Rep. Ellison for DNC Chair". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  5. "Schumer throws his support behind Keith Ellison for DNC chairman". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  7. Ellison, Keith (2018-06-05). "Today I am announcing my candidacy to be the People's Lawyer, and to protect and defend all Minnesotans as your next Attorney General". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-06-05. 
  8. Filing deadline drama: Rep. Omar jumps into race for Congress