Keith Ellison Resigns from DNC
After winning his election to be Minnesota's next Attorney General, Keith Ellison is saying farewell to Congress and his role as Deputy Chair of the DNC. Ellison told Minnesota Public Radio that he notified DNC Chairman Tom Pérez that he "will be retiring from that role to devote all my time to the people of the state of Minnesota." Pérez beat Ellison in a February 2017 vote to be the party's national leader and immediately created the new deputy position for Ellison. Ellison said previously that he was considering stepping down while campaigning for AG. Pérez emailed a statement to DNC members praising the outgoing Congressman as a "full-time champion" for Democratic Party issues. "His tireless service as deputy chair enabled us to make substantial progress in rebuilding our party and rebuilding trust with our grassroots," Pérez added. Ellison is the first Muslim to serve in Congress. More here.