Keith Ellison is the US Representative for the 5th Congressional district of Minnesota since 2007. He was first elected in the House in 2006, and was re-elected in 2012. After running uncontested for Democratic nomination in 2014, he re-elected in 2014 after defeating Lee Bauer and Doug Daggett. He is also serving as a Chief Deputy Whip for Democratic caucus in the 113th Congress. Ellison has the record of being the first Muslim to enter the Congress, and also the first African-American to represent the House of Minnesota.
Ellison was born as 3rd out of the 5 sons of Clida Ellison and Leonard Ellison. He, along with three of his brothers, became a lawyer, while the 5th brother studied to become a doctor. During his youth, Ellison saw his family being actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and his grandfather also worked as an NAACP member in Louisiana. At the age of 19, he converted to Islam from Catholicism.