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5th District: Keith Ellison


SNAPSHOT
State Rep. Keith Ellison announced his candidacy on March 20, 2006, two days after Rep. Martin Sabo announced he would not run for re-election. Ellison said he wants to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq immediately, pass a universal single-payer system of health care, eliminate poverty and turn the country toward renewable energy. "That's why I'm running - to call our nation back to its better self," he said. Ellison is one of two African Americans in the Minnesota House of Representatives, winning his seat in 2002. He says he became interested in politics at a young age. He was the executive director of the Legal Rights Center before going into private practice.

Ellison won the DFL endorsement for the seat on May 6, 2006. He won the primary with 41 percent of the votes.

Candidate Bio

Rep. Keith Ellison
Political affiliation:
Democratic Party
Born:
1963, Detroit. Moved to Minnesota in 1987.
Personal:
Married to Kim, four children. Resides in Minneapolis.
Occupation:
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Attorney in private practice.
Education:
B.A., economics, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.; J.D., University of Minnesota

Campaign contribution profile

Total receipts
$516,730
Total disbursements
$491,879
Cash on hand
$24,852
Source: Federal Elections Commission
October 2006

Resources and Links

Campaign Web site:
Document keithellison.org
Vote Tracker
Document Keith Ellison

Candidate Pages

Victory dance
Ellison campaigned heavily against the war in Iraq and has put environmental and health care issues at the top of his list of priorities. (11/08/2006)
Michele Bachmann
Democrat Keith Ellison was elected as the nation's first Muslim member of Congress on Tuesday, easily winning a Minneapolis-area district Republicans had not carried since 1962. He is also Minnesota's first nonwhite representative in Washington. (11/07/2006)
5th District candidates
In less than a week, voters in Minnesota's 5th District will elect a new representative to Congress for the first time in nearly three decades. (11/01/2006)
U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo's retirement this year created something of a rarity: an open seat in Congress. With less than three weeks unil the election, Midday listeners get a chance to meet the candidates hoping to take Sabo's place. (Midday, 10/20/2006)
Democratic congressional candidate Keith Ellison is accusing a St. Louis Park woman of working with a Minneapolis writer to blackmail his campaign. (10/19/2006)
The three major party candidates for the 5th Congressional District seat met for a debate Tuesday evening at a St. Louis Park synagogue. DFLer Keith Ellison, Republican Alan Fine and Independence Party candidate Tammy Lee were asked their views on health care, the war in Iraq and the United States' relationship with Israel. (10/18/2006)
In Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, Muslims are speaking with a newly found political voice. (10/13/2006)
Alan Fine, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 5th District, was charged with domestic violence in 1995 for allegedly assaulting his wife, and he later had his record expunged. Fine reacted angrily to a Star Tribune report about the incident, saying he is innocent. (10/07/2006)
The three major-party candidates running for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District met in their first debate since Tuesday's primary. (09/15/2006)
Alan Fine is trying to do what Keith Ellison's DFL rivals couldn't: capitalize on reports of Ellison's past. Fine calls Ellison "unfit" to serve. (09/13/2006)
The seat has been dominated by DFLers for decades, but Ellison's Republican opponent in November says he'll question Ellison's character, a campaign theme that was used over the summer by Ellison's DFL opponents. (09/13/2006)
As the primary election nears, two of the DFLers running for Congress in Minnesota's 5th District say one of their opponents, Mike Erlandson, has gone negative. Erlandson sent out a mailing asking voters if Keith Ellison is above the law, and if Ember Reichgott Junge is out of touch with the district. (09/07/2006)
Former DFL Party Chair Mike Erlandson is touting the endorsement of one of the leading critics of the war in Iraq in an attempt to distinguish himself among the DFLers running for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District seat. (09/01/2006)
Midday hosts a live Minnesota State Fair debate between four of the DFL candidates hoping to succeed U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo in the House of Representatives. (Midday, 08/24/2006)
The DFL candidates in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District are busy campaigning just weeks before primary election day. Four of them will appear at debate at the Minnesota State Fair with the hopes of attracting DFL support. (08/24/2006)