Minnesota AG-Elect Ellison Resigning as DNC Deputy Chair

In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., listens during a forum on the future of the Democratic Party, in Denver. Photo: AP/David Zalubowski
In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., listens during a forum on the future of the Democratic Party, in Denver.

November 08, 2018 03:29 PM

Minnesota Attorney General-elect Keith Ellison says he is resigning as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Ellison told Minnesota Public Radio on Wednesday night that he's notified DNC Chairman Tom Perez that he "will be retiring from that role to devote all my time to the people of the state of Minnesota."

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RELATED: Election Results: Ellison Defeats Wardlow in Attorney General Race 

Ellison was elected Minnesota attorney general on Tuesday despite an ex-girlfriend's accusation of domestic abuse, which Ellison has denied. Ellison defeated Republican Doug Wardlow for an office that had threatened to swing to Republicans for the first time in nearly half a century.

Ellison rose to national prominence as the first Muslim elected to Congress and last year became deputy chairman of the DNC.

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