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5th District: Keith Ellison


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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

Increasing crime in Minneapolis is fueling concerns about public safety in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, which includes the city and several suburbs. Candidates in the race for that seat are responding with a string of public safety proposals. One DFLer has even gotten the endorsement of Hennepin County's Republican sheriff. (08/01/2006)
Four DFL candidates for the 5th District Congressional seat discussed their views on the fighting between Israel and Lebanon in a debate Tuesday night in Minneapolis. (07/26/2006)
Four of the DFLers seeking to replace retiring 5th District Congressman Martin Sabo debated the war in Iraq, health care and poverty issues Monday. The four DFLers agreed on a number of major national issues, but tried to differentiate themselves based on their experience. (07/24/2006)
Former DFL State Party Chair Mike Erlandson has filed papers to run for Congress in the 5th Congressional District. Erlandson is bucking his party's endorsement of another candidate, and is getting help from his former boss -- the man who's retiring from that office. (07/06/2006)
The Rev. Jesse Jackson rallied support for DFLer Keith Ellison's campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat in Minneapolis Friday afternoon. (06/30/2006)
If elected, Rep. Keith Ellison would be the first African American congressman from Minnesota and the first Muslim congressman in the nation's history. But Ellison's past, in particular his relationship with the Nation of Islam, are causing some Jewish activists and others to question if he's the best candidate. (06/30/2006)
If elected, Keith Ellison would be the first African American congressman in Minnesota history. But the endorsement doesn't guarantee that he'll be DFLer on the November ballot because several Democrats say they'll run in a September primary. (05/06/2006)
When Rep. Martin Sabo announced his retirement last month, about a dozen DFL candidates started lining up to replace him. They range from a Dairy Queen owner to a university professor. At a forum on Sunday, they touted their political chops. (04/23/2006)
U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo, DFL-Minn., announced Saturday that he won't seek a 15th term in Congress. (Midday, 03/20/2006)
"In my gut I know the time is right," the Minneapolis DFLer said on Saturday as he announced the end of his political career. (03/18/2006)
University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs says Martin Sabo's decision to retire is "momentous," and the time of the announcement is "strange." (03/17/2006)
Martin Sabo is holding a press conference Saturday to announce he's not seeking re-election. The 5th District Democrat has been a member of Congress representing Minneapolis for 28 years. (03/17/2006)