Keith Ellison

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Keith Ellison
Keith Ellison.jpg
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMartin Olav Sabo (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,776,484
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
2003-2006
Education
Bachelor'sWayne State University
J.D.University of Minnesota
Personal
BirthdayAugust 4, 1963
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$5,503
ReligionMuslim
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Keith Maurice Ellison (b. August 4, 1963) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Minnesota's 5th congressional district. Ellison was first elected to the House in 2006. He won running for re-election in 2012.[1]

Ellison serves as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the Democratic caucus for the 113th Congress.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Ellison is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Ellison was born in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his B.A. from Wayne State University in 1986 and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1990. Prior to his political career, Ellison worked as an attorney.[3]

In January 2012, Ellison was named a "Top-20 US Progressive" according to The New Statesman, a magazine based in the United Kingdom. Other members of the list include Paul Krugman, Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky and Rachel Maddow.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Ellison's political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Ellison serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

2011-2012

Ellison served on the following House committees:[6]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Ellison voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Campaign themes

2012

The policy positions below were highlighted at Ellison's campaign website.

  • Civil and Human Rights

Excerpt: "Keith supports the rights of all individuals to vote free of undue burden or harassment. Furthermore, he is also a tireless advocate for LGBT equality and the rights of workers to collectively bargain."[8]

  • Economy

Excerpt: "He believes that we need a tax system where the rich pay their share. As a member of the House Financial Service Committee, Keith authored legislation to protect borrowers from being penalized by lenders for defaulting or missing payments on other loans—an unfair practice known as Universal Default."[9]

  • Education, Housing, and Health Care

Excerpt: "Keith believes that we must support children, families, teachers, and communities in the development of high quality educational opportunities. Keith has been a leading voice for safe and affordable housing for low-income Americans and seeks to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens can keep a roof over their heads."[10]

  • Energy and Environment

Excerpt: "Everyone has the right to drink clean water, breathe clean air, and eat food free of harmful toxins. For years, Keith has been actively involved in the environmental justice movement, which brings communities of color and low-income communities into the larger efforts of creating a cleaner world for our children and future generations."[11]

  • Immigration

Excerpt: "Keith supports comprehensive immigration reform such as the STRIVE Act that includes four components: a clear path to citizenship to those who are already in the U.S. working and paying taxes; expedited process for family reunification; workable employment verification system with strict penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants."[12]

  • Peace and Foreign Relations

Excerpt: "Keith firmly believes that peace should be a guiding principle in U.S. policy, both foreign and domestic. He is committed to fostering dialogue, engagement, and non-violent conflict resolution so we leave a safer world for our children and future generations."[13]

  • Veterans

Excerpt: "Every day, America’s men and women in uniform put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms. During his time in Congress, Keith has supported policies that ensure we provide our troops with the support they deserve after returning from duty."[14]

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Ellison won re-election in 2012.[15] He defeated Gary Boisclair and Gregg A. Iverson in the Democratic primary.[16] He defeated Republican challenger Chris Fields in the November general election.


Keith Ellison, "Minnesota Week September 24-28 "[17]
U.S. House, Minnesota District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Ellison Incumbent 74.5% 262,102
     Republican Chris Fields 25.2% 88,753
     NA Write-in 0.3% 1,114
Total Votes 351,969
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Minnesota's 5th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Ellison Incumbent 89.6% 30,609
Gregg Iverson 6.3% 2,143
Gary Boisclair 4.1% 1,397
Total Votes 34,149

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ellison is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Ellison raised a total of $5,776,484 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[21]

Keith Ellison's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 5) Won $2,053,544
2010 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 5) Won $1,397,497
2008 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 5) Won $1,530,396
2006 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 5) Won $795,047
Grand Total Raised $5,776,484

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ellison's reports.[22]

Keith Ellison Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]4/15/2013$56,569.76$185,609.42$(155,490.40)$86,688.78
July Quarterly[24]7/15/2013$86,688.78$193,311.43$(139,967.94)$140,032.27
Running totals
$378,920.85$(295,458.34)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Ellison's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Ellison won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ellison's campaign committee raised a total of $2,053,544 and spent $2,160,554.[25]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Ellison's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Ellison won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Ellison's campaign committee raised a total of $1,397,497 and spent $1,295,839.[26]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, 2010 - Keith Ellison Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,397,497
Total Spent $1,295,839
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $95,235
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $89,731
Top contributors to Keith Ellison's campaign committee
Robins, Kaplan et al$13,500
FTR International$12,000
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans$11,500
TCF Financial$11,000
Lockridge, Grindal et al$10,555
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$125,600
Lawyers/Law Firms$66,694
Insurance$46,050
Retired$41,125
Building Trade Unions$40,500

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ellison is a "far-left Democrat," as of June 14, 2013.[27]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Ellison missed 340 of 5,229 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Apr 2013, which is 6.5% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[28]

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Ellison paid his congressional staff a total of $1,022,608 in 2011. Overall, Minnesota ranked 26th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[29]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Ellison's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$12,994 and $24,000. This averages to $5,503, which is a 1.3796% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[30]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Ellison's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-47,994 to $18,999, which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[31]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Ellison was ranked the 47th most liberal representative during 2012.[32]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Keith Ellison was ranked one of the most liberal representatives during 2011. This ranking is shared with 18 other representatives. It is also the most liberal ranking held by any Minnesota representative.[33]

Percentage voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Keith Ellison has voted with the Democratic Party 94% of the time, which ranked 129th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[34]

Recent news

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Personal

Ellison is the first Muslim to be elected to the United States Congress. He has four children.[35]

External links

References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  2. Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer "Hoyer Announces Whip Team for the 113th Congress," January 4, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Keith Ellison" Accessed December 10, 2011
  4. New Statesman "Who's left? The top 20 US progressives," January 11, 2012
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 8, 2011
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Ellison's Campaign website, Issues
  9. Ellison's Campaign website, Issues
  10. Ellison's Campaign website, Issues
  11. Ellison's Campaign website, Issues
  12. Ellison's Campaign website, Issues
  13. Ellison's Campaign website, Issues
  14. Ellison's Campaign website, Issues
  15. Open Secrets "Keith Ellison Cycle Fundraising 2011-2012" Accessed February 10, 2012
  16. CBS "Primary Results 2012" Accessed May 30, 2013
  17. YouTube channel
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Keith Ellison" Accessed May 16, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Ellsion 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  23. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  24. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  25. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Keith Ellison 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 11, 2011
  27. Gov Track "Keith Ellison," Accessed June 14, 2013
  28. GovTrack, "Keith Ellison" Accessed April 2013
  29. LegiStorm, "Keith Ellison," Accessed October 8, 2012
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Keith Ellison (D-Minn), 2011,"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Keith Ellison (D-Minn), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  32. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  34. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  35. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 10, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Martin Olav Sabo
U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota, District 5
2007–Present
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Minnesota House of Representatives
2003-2006
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