Keith Ellison



In 2006, Keith Ellison was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to serve Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, which includes the City of Minneapolis and some surrounding areas. His victory made him the foremost Muslim elected official in the United States. His decision to use a Koran for a swearing in ceremony caused a stir of controversy and put him at the center of a debate about religious freedom and Islam’s place in American politics. Ellison was raised in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Minnesota in 1987 to attend University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to his run for Congress, he spent two terms in Minnesota’s State House.