The Latest on the death of Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison (all times local): 7:30 p.m.
President Donald Trump says Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota will “continue to serve his country and his constituents.”
The White House says the Minnesota Democrat, who was one of the top 10 House members at the time, died Monday in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ellison’s death is the first of its kind for a sitting House member, The Associated Press reports.
The Associated Press first reported Ellison’s death on Friday.
Ellis’ death is expected to reverberate through the country as congressional Democrats look for ways to unite around a presidential candidate.
He was a key figure in Trump’s 2020 re-election bid, leading a successful push to overturn President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
Ellison was a staunch defender of Trump during the 2016 campaign, and he spoke in favor of Trump’s immigration policies at the DNC convention in 2020.
The AP reports Ellison’s family released a statement Friday saying he “was the best member of the United States Congress, and his service to his constituents was unwavering.”
Ellison was a former chief of staff for Trump and served as vice chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.