One of only two Muslim members of Congress, Rep. Keith Ellison was first elected to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in 2006. The Congressman serves on the Financial Services and House Democratic Steering Committees. Since being elected, Rep. Ellison has earned a reputation as a champion of human rights both at home and abroad and as a vocal advocate for progressive causes. The Congressman has traveled to the Middle East on numerous occasions and possesses an intimate knowledge of the region. He has been outspoken about the need to continue US aid to the both the Palestinian Authority and Israel as a means of safeguarding American and Israeli security interests.