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Rep. Keith Ellison


Office Seeking:  U.S. House, Minnesota — 5th District

Position Held:  U.S. Representative, Incumbent

Primary Election Opponent:   TBD

Primary Election Date:  September 14, 2010

WON PRIMARY

General Election Opponents:  Lynne Torgerson, Barb Davis White

General Election Date:  November 2, 2010

WON GENERAL

Progressive Credentials:

  • Voted for a public option in health care reform
  • Supports real immigration reform, by supporting the STRIVE ACT in Congress
  • Voted to reduce poverty by expanding and fully funding social service agencies designed to help the poor

Why we like him:  Keith Ellison is a model progressive who represents our core concepts and beliefs.  In particular, we like his outspoken support of the public option and his efforts to ensure that those in poverty are not taken advantage of and marginalized.

Candidate Quote:   “No one should be cut out of the American dream: not immigrants, not people with disabilities, not gays, not poor people, not even a Muslim committed to serving his nation.”

Candidate websitehttp://www.keithellison.org/index.php

 

Congressman Ellison was born into a high-achieving family in Detroit that had taken a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement.  Accordingly, he stayed close to home and attended Wayne State University. After graduating with a B.A. in economics, he married his high school sweetheart and moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota Law School.

After graduating with a degree of Juris Doctor, he then worked as a litigator specializing in civil rights, employment, and criminal defense law.  Following that, Ellison became executive director of the nonprofit Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis, an organization that specialized in the defense of indigent clients. Upon leaving the Legal Rights Center, Ellison entered private practice.

Race Type:  Democratic Protect

 





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