Ellison ('90) Named to Two Foreign Affairs Subcommittees
FEBRUARY 3, 2009—U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison ('90), Representative of Minnesota's Fifth District, has been appointed to two subcommittees of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs by Speaker Nancy Pelosi: the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight and the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.
In a press release from his office dated Jan. 30, Ellison said, "I am pleased to have this opportunity to have a more direct role in the pursuit of peace, as well as the pursuit of economic opportunities for the Fifth Congressional District."
Minnesota's Fifth District encompasses Minneapolis and parts of Anoka and Ramsey counties. Ellison is the first African American elected to the House from Minnesota and became the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress in 2006.
"President Obama has said he wishes to initiate a partnership with the world based on mutual respect and mutual interest. I concur wholeheartedly with him and stand ready to help," Ellison said.
After graduating from the Law School, Ellison specialized in civil rights, employment, and criminal defense at Lindquist & Vennum; was Executive Director of the Legal Rights Center; and practiced at Hassan & Reed before being elected to the Minnesota House in 2002.