Keith Ellison Rolls Out 35 Additional Endorsements and Statements of Support

Friday, November 18, 2016

Via Press Release

Washington, DC – Keith Ellison rolled out 35 additional endorsements and statements of support for becoming Chair of the DNC, including Former United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, United States Senator Tammy Baldwin, Former Iowa Senate Majority Leader and current President of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Mike Gronstal, Members of Congress, City Councilmembers from across the country, the United Steelworkers, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
 
“I saw what kind of leader Keith Ellison was when we served in Congress together, and when I was the Secretary of Labor,” said Hilda Solis. “He has a work ethic and commitment like no other. Whether it was on the floor of the House of Representatives, on the picket line, or in meetings with government officials, Keith always prioritized one thing: working families. That's the kind of Chair we need at the DNC. Someone who knows the stakes and knows the people fighting on the front lines. Keith Ellison is that person, and I have no doubt in my mind that he will be able to do the job effectively.”

"Keith is the right leader at the right time," said Joe Crowley. "We're at a critical juncture- and we're facing unprecedented challenges. Keith has a vision for where we need to go, and how we can get there. Keith is not a 100% kind of leader, but a 200% kind of leader. He puts his heart and soul into every position, task, and opportunity and there's no question he'll continue to do just that as both a member of the House and as DNC Chair."
 
“I hear the voices of Americans who are angry because they feel Washington is broken and it isn't working for them,” said Tammy Baldwin. “It's important for progressives to speak truth to power and join together to take on the corporate lobbyists and Wall Street interests that are now calling the shots in Washington to make a rigged system work for them. Too many Americans are being left behind and we need to change that by building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. That's why I'm endorsing Keith Ellison to be Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. I will fight to make sure all Americans have an opportunity to achieve their hopes and dreams. That is the promise of America and I will fight to make sure we keep it.” 
 
“We need to interject energy and resources into the Democratic Party at all levels,” said Mike Gronstal. “To do that, we need Keith Ellison as DNC Chair. He will bring our party together, focus on turnout and bring in the grassroots. I am confident that Keith will do a phenomenal job.”
 
Additional Endorsements:
Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL)
Mayor Pro-Tem Van Johnson (Democratic Municipal Officials Board Member)
Councilmember Mustafa Al-M. Brent (East Orange, FL)
Mayor Darryl Moss (Creedmoor, NC)
Councilmember Lawana Mayfield (Charlotte, NC)
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA)
Congressman Ro Khanna (CA)
Congressman Jared Huffman (CA)
Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA)
Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA)
Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD)
Congressman Andre Carson (IN)
Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX)
Congressman Al Green (TX)
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI)
Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney (Oakland, CA)
City Councilmember Jared Evans (Indianapolis, IN)
Mayor Pro-Tem Kandie Smith (Greenville, NC)
Mayor Chris Rey (Spring Lake, NC)
Mayor Pro-Tem Eric Montoya (Thornton, CO)
Councilmember Yolanda Roman (Gulfport, FL)
Councilmember Surluta B. Anthony (Monroe, NC)
Commissioner Christopher McVoy (Lake Worth, FL)
Councilmember Aidee Nieves (Bridgeport, CT)
Councilmember James Mitchel (Charlotte, NC)
Clerk of Council Dyanne Reese (Savannah, GA)
Councilmember Martavius Jones (Memphis, TN)
Vice Mayor Alix Desulme (North Miami, FL)
Councilmember Derek Green (Philadelphia, PA)
Councilmember Blake Johnson (Indianapolis, IN)
United Steelworkers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Background Information:
Keith Ellison was born and raised in Detroit, MI and moved to Minneapolis to attend law school in 1990. In 2006, he became the first Muslim elected to Congress and in 2010, became Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He sits on the House Financial Services Committee and is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. 
 
Minnesota's 5th Congressional District has one of the highest rates of voter turnouts in the nation. In 2015, Ellison unveiled the Voters First Campaign, which aimed to increase voter turnout through grassroots organizing, campaign coordination, and low-donor fundraising. 


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