Keith Ellison

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

Minnesota Attorney General

Keith Ellison was the lead prosecutor in the matter of the death of George Floyd. He led the team that successfully convicted Derek Chauvin of two counts of murder and one count of homicide. Chauvin got the longest sentence of any police officer for killing a civilian while on the job in Minnesota. As the People’s Lawyer General Ellison’s job is to help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety and respect.

Ellison supervises a staff of about 330 lawyers and support staff, and the Minnesota Attorney General was designated by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as a “Top Workplace” for the first time in its history. Before serving as Minnesota’s 30th attorney general, from 2007 to 2019, Ellison represented Minnesota’s 5th Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he championed consumer, worker, environmental and civil and human rights protections for all.

He served for 12 years on the House Financial Services Committee, where he helped oversee the financial services industry, the housing industry, and Wall Street, among others. Among his legislative accomplishments are passing provisions to protect credit-card holders from abusive practices and protect the rights of renters and tenants.

While in Congress, he founded the Congressional antitrust caucus and congressional consumer justice caucus. He also served as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which he helped build to more than 100 members. Ellison served in the Minnesota state legislature for four years prior to entering the U.S. Congress, and practiced law as a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer for 16 years before entering congress.

Ellison is the father of four adult children, and is married to Monica Hurtado.

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