Keith Ellison representing the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives, taking the oath of office on a copy of the Quran.
Prior to 2006, few people even knew that
then-Minnesota state legislator Keith Ellison was a Muslim. Because of his
English name, he said, no one thought to ask.
But five years ago, when he ran for a seat in the United States House of
Representatives - a race he would go on to win - word of his religious
affiliation began to spread.
"When I started running for Congress it actually took me by surprise that
so many people were fascinated with me being the first Muslim in Congress,"
said Ellison, a Democrat now serving his third term in the House.
"But someone said to me, 'Look Keith, think of a person of Japanese origin
running for Congress six years after Pearl Harbor-this might be a news
Though Ellison's status as the first Muslim elected to Congress is widely known,
fewer are aware that he was born into a Catholic family in Detroit and was
brought up attending Catholic schools.
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