Keith Ellison Committee Assignments


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Ellison.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ellison is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Ellison has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Keith Ellison sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Ellison was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Ellison sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (20%)Finance and Financial Sector (20%)Housing and Community Development (12%)Labor and Employment (10%)Government Operations and Politics (10%)Commerce (10%)International Affairs (9%)Immigration (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Ellison’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Ellison’s VoteVote Description
Nay H.Res. 599: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen, and for other purposes.
Nov 13, 2017. Passed 366/30.
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Passed 342/85.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Nay H.R. 1191: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015
May 14, 2015. Passed 400/25.
This bill was originally the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. On May 7, 2015, the Senate replaced the text of the bill in whole with new text regarding congressional approval of a nuclear energy deal with Iran.
Nay H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
No H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 3, 2014. Passed 378/46.
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay H.R. 2499 (111th): Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010
Apr 29, 2010. Passed 223/169.
No H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Mar 2018, Ellison missed 471 of 8,477 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2007 Jan-Mar21331.4%43rd
2007 Apr-Jun39310.3%8th
2007 Jul-Sep317175.4%85th
2007 Oct-Dec263166.1%76th
2008 Jan-Mar14974.7%64th
2008 Apr-Jun321154.7%71st
2008 Jul-Sep205209.8%89th
2008 Oct-Dec15746.7%96th
2009 Jan-Mar174105.7%86th
2009 Apr-Jun3036019.8%99th
2009 Jul-Sep26872.6%66th
2009 Oct-Dec24662.4%49th
2010 Jan-Mar195189.2%88th
2010 Apr-Jun21952.3%44th
2010 Jul-Sep15174.6%75th
2010 Nov-Dec9944.0%56th
2011 Jan-Mar21252.4%73rd
2011 Apr-Jun281124.3%84th
2011 Jul-Sep2477229.1%100th
2011 Oct-Dec20883.8%69th
2012 Jan-Mar151106.6%83rd
2012 Apr-Jun299217.0%82nd
2012 Jul-Sep15274.6%82nd
2012 Nov-Dec5123.9%56th
2013 Jan-Jan500.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar8900.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun21552.3%58th
2013 Jul-Sep20031.5%52nd
2013 Oct-Dec13785.8%83rd
2014 Jan-Mar1481510.1%92nd
2014 Apr-Jun219167.3%84th
2014 Jul-Sep14732.0%61st
2014 Nov-Dec4912.0%55th
2015 Jan-Mar14442.8%62nd
2015 Apr-Jun244114.5%83rd
2015 Jul-Sep13921.4%53rd
2015 Oct-Dec17763.4%78th
2016 Jan-Mar13732.2%44th
2016 Apr-Jun204104.9%75th
2016 Jul-Sep232166.9%91st
2016 Nov-Dec48816.7%96th
2017 Jan-Mar208104.8%83rd
2017 Apr-Jun13664.4%79th
2017 Jul-Sep19910.5%37th
2017 Oct-Dec16731.8%48th
2018 Jan-Mar10100.0%0th

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Keith Ellison is pronounced:

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Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota's 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs and is one of the most vibrant and ethnically diverse districts in Minnesota.

Rep. Ellison's guiding philosophy is based on generosity and inclusion and his priorities in Congress are building prosperity for working families, promoting peace, pursuing environmental sustainability, and advancing civil and human rights. 

Rep. Ellison's commitment to consumer justice led him to write legislation that was included in the Credit Cardholder's Bill of Rights of 2009. This law prevents an unfair practice called universal default, which allowed lenders to increase their customers' interest rates if they had late payments with another lender.  In response to the foreclosure crisis that began in 2008, Rep. Ellison also wrote the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act, which requires banks and other new owners to provide at least 90 days notice of eviction to renters occupying foreclosed homes.  

As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, the congressman helps oversee the nation’s financial services and housing industries, as well as Wall Street. He also serves on the House Democratic Steering & Policy Committee, which decides committee assignments for Democratic Members and sets the Democratic Caucus' policy agenda.  In the past he served on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Rep. Ellison was elected co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus for the 113th Congress that promotes the progressive promise of fairness for all.  

He is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, founded the Congressional Consumer Justice Caucus, and belongs to more than a dozen other caucuses that focus on issues ranging from social inclusion to environmental protection. 

Before being elected to Congress Rep. Ellison was a noted community activist and ran a thriving civil rights, employment, and criminal defense law practice in Minneapolis.  He also was elected to serve two terms in the Minnesota State House of Representatives. 

Keith was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He has lived in Minnesota since earning his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1990. Keith is the proud father of four children.

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