Keith Ellison Declares He’s Running For Minnesota AG Hours Before Deadline

on July 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19: Democratic National Committee Deputy Chairman Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) addresses a rally against Trump Administration education funding cuts outside the U.S. Capitol July 19, 2017 in Washi... WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19: Democratic National Committee Deputy Chairman Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) addresses a rally against Trump Administration education funding cuts outside the U.S. Capitol July 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Democratic members of Congress also addressed the rally, which was organized by the American Federation of Teachers, the AFL-CIO and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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June 5, 2018 1:37 p.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, has filed papers to run for Minnesota attorney general.

Ellison, also the vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, filed Tuesday just hours ahead of a deadline. Ellison will likely need to resign his post with the national party.

Ellison is in his sixth term representing a reliably Democratic Minneapolis-area seat. But he was lured into Minnesota’s attorney general race after the incumbent, Lori Swanson, jumped into the governor’s race on Monday.

Ellison says it was attorneys general who led the fight against President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from mostly Muslim countries. He says he wants to be part of that fight.

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