August 4, 1963
Ellison is the first open Muslim elected to the United States Congress. Along with Raul Grijavla, he is the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and is probably best known for his insistence that he take his oath of office on the Koran.
Ellison is the son of Leonard Ellison and Clida (Martinez) Ellison and was born Catholic but converted to Islam at the age of 19 as part of his quest for “social justice.” To put it in Ellison’s own words: “I can’t claim that I was the most observant Catholic at the time [of my conversion]. I had begun to really look around and ask myself about the social circumstances of the country, issues of justice, issues of change. When I looked at my spiritual life, and I looked at what might inform social change, justice in society… I found Islam.”
As a law student in 1989 and 1990, Ellison wrote several columns under the name “Keith E. Hakim” in the student newspaper, the Minnesota Daily defending Louis Farrakhan and suggesting that Whites be required to pay slavery reparations to Blacks.
Ellison sought election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002 and was elected to the House of Representatives in the Democrat wave of 2006. Since entering the United States Congress, Ellison has worked to pass bills that would allow the federal government to levy taxes on a wide range of banking and financial transactions and has repeatedly had to quell allegations that he has ties to Radical Islam.
Inclusion on this list is not based on the opinion of the authors or, in effect, the subjective opinions of any third party. Inclusion on this list is based upon present or past membership in the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), a caucus within Congress that has long-standing and deep ties and, in the opinion of a number of political scholars, was an arm of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) at the time of its inception. According to David Horowitz’s FrontPageMag.com website: “Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) are undoubtedly socialists, though most shy away from the label. The CPC has long had ties to the far-left Institute for Policy Studies, Democratic Socialists of America (the largest Marxist group in the country), and the Communist Party USA.” Additionally, a number of authoritative articles have been written on the historical connection between the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the DSA and we encourage the reader to do independent research if the topic is of further interest.