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Spotlight: Minnesota AG Keith Ellison

Areas of focus since taking office have included:

  1. Fighting the opioid epidemic in Minnesota by providing resources to those who have been harmed by opioids or are suffering from addiction or opioid use disorder.
  2. Expanding the economic security of women by creating a task force to come up with a diverse set of strategies to create a more inclusive economy.
  3. Creating an advisory task force to come up with a multi-pronged strategy to lower pharmaceutical drug prices.

Professional background: AG Ellison was sworn in as Minnesota’s 30th attorney general in 2019. Prior to that, AG Ellison served in the U.S. House of Representatives, including 12 years on the House Financial Services Committee. Before being elected to Congress, AG Ellison served in the Minnesota House of Representatives and worked in private practice specializing in civil rights law and criminal defense, including five years as executive director of the Legal Rights Center.

Education: AG Ellison earned a B.A. in economics from Wayne State University. He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Personal: AG Ellison is the first African American and the first Muslim American to be elected to statewide office in Minnesota. He is the father of four adult children: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, and Amirah.