United States Representative from Minnesota and a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He was the first Islamic member of Congress and the first African-American congressman from Minnesota.
After graduating from Wayne State University with a degree in economics, he earned a J.D. from the University of Minnesota's Law School.
Raised in the Roman Catholic faith, he converted to Islam in his late teens.
His more than two-decade marriage to Kim Ellison produced four children.
He and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both voted against HR 2206, an Iraq War military funding bill.