|| 4 August 1963
||Detroit, Michigan, United States
||Minnesota Attorney General since 2019
||Kim Ellison (m. 1987–2012)
||Leonard Ellison (Father) , Clida Martinez (Mother)
||Jeremiah Ellison, Amirah Ellison, Elijah Ellison, Isaiah Ellison
||$6,003.50 ( estimated )
Keith Maurice Ellison is an American politician and lawyer serving because the 30th Attorney General of Minnesota. A member of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party, Ellison was the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th district from 2007 to 2019.
Early life and Family : Keith Ellison, the third of 5 sons, was raised Catholic in Detroit, Michigan, by his parents, Leonard Ellison, a psychiatrist and Clida (Martinez) Ellison, a ca
seworker .Ellison and three of his brothers became lawyers; his other brother became a doctor. one among Ellison's brothers is additionally the pastor of "Church of the New Covenant Baptist" in Detroit.Ellison's youth was influenced by the involvement of his family within the civil rights movement, including his grandfather's work as a member of the NAACP in Louisiana.
Ellison graduated in 1981 from the University of Detroit Jesuit highschool and Academy, where he was active in sports and a senator within the student government. At the age of 19, while attending Wayne State University in Detroit, Ellison converted from Catholicism to Islam, later giving the subsequent explanation: "I can't claim that i used to be the foremost observant Catholic at the time . I had begun to actually shop around and ask myself about the social circumstances of the country, problems with justice, problems with change. once I checked out my spiritual life, and that i checked out what might inform social change, justice in society . I found Islam."
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1987, Ellison married his highschool sweetheart and moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota school of law . Ellison graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1990.
After graduating from school of law , Ellison worked for 3 years at the firm of Lindquist & Vennum, where he was a litigator specializing in civil rights, employment, and criminal defense law.Ellison then became executive of the nonprofit Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis, which focuses on the defense of indigent clients.Upon leaving the Legal Rights Center, Ellison entered private practice with the firm Hassan & Reed Ltd, specializing in trial practice.Ellison has also been regularly involved in community service. He served because the unpaid host of a public affairs talk program at KMOJ radio, and has also often volunteered as a track coach for several organizations, working with youth between the ages of 5 and 18.
U.S. House of Representatives : Ellison's House seat was previously held by Martin Olav Sabo, whose announcement of his intention to retire precipitated Ellison's candidacy. At the DFL Convention on May 6, 2006, Ellison won the party endorsement over nine other candidates, leading 2-to-1 on the primary ballot, and winning endorsement on the fourth ballot. within the primary, Ellison faced former senator Ember Reichgott Junge, Minneapolis council member Paul Ostrow, and Sabo's chief of staff Mike Erlandson, whom Sabo had endorsed.
Ellison won the first on September 12, 2006, with 41% of the vote.One issue Ellison's campaign opponents raised was the repeated suspension of his driver's licence for failure to pay tickets and fines. Ellison had also did not pay all or a part of his income taxes in five separate years between 1992 and 2000, forcing the state and tax income Service to place liens on his home. He later paid in more than $18,000. within the November 2006 election, Ellison faced Republican Alan Fine, the Green Party's Jay Pond, and Tammy Lee of the Independence Party. Ellison won the seat with 56% of the vote.
Minnesota Attorney General : On June 5, 2018, Ellison announced that he wouldn't seek reelection to a seventh term in Congress in 2018, but would instead run Minnesota Attorney General. On August 14, Ellison won the Democratic primary with 49.8% of the vote, a touch quite 30% over his nearest rival.In the election Ellison faced Republican Doug Wardlow; Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party candidate Noah Johnson endorsed Ellison, but remained on the overall election ballot.On November 6, 2018, Ellison won the election for Attorney General by quite 100,000 votes. This made him the primary Muslim person to win election to a statewide office within the us , and therefore the first African American elected to statewide office in Minnesota.
George Floyd case : On May 31, 2020, Ellison accepted Minnesota governor Tim Walz's request that he take over as special prosecutor within the George Floyd case.Three days later, Ellison's office charged Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck, with second-degree murder, a more serious charge than Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman's original charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.Ellison also charged the opposite three officers at the scene, whom Freeman's office had not originally charged, with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.Chauvin was convicted on all three counts on April 20, 2021.