Keith Ellison's got the backing of another one of the progressive movement's most influential voices: Elizabeth Warren.
Warren, a U.S. Senator for Massachusetts and darling of the grassroots left, said Wednesday she's supporting Ellison in his bid to lead the Democratic National Committee.
"I’ve watched up close as he has pushed hard to try to hold Wall Street accountable through his work on House Financial Services, and he has consistently exercised bold leadership for the Congressional Progressive Caucus," Warren said in a statement. "I admire Keith’s values, his grit, and his dedication to making this country work not just for some of our kids but for all of them."
Ellison, a U.S. representative for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, announced this week he's officially running for the chair position with the Democratic National Committee. The DNC is essentially the the official organization of U.S. Democrats, and helps orient and unite the party as it moves forward (just like the Republican National Committee does for that party).
He's gotten the backing of Bernie Sanders, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer (who on Wednesday was picked as the top Democrat in the Republican-controlled Senate), and others.
Warren though, like Sanders, is a bigger get: A Democrat that's unabashedly liberal, has shown a tendency to stand up to the party's established personalities, and is beloved by Democrats.
Donna Brazile is currently the interim DNC chairperson, taking over after Debbie Wasserman-Schultz resigned in the wake of a leaked email scandal earlier this year, but has said she doesn’t want the job full-time.
“This election cycle, we did not motivate enough people to the ballot box. We must champion the challenges of working families and give voters a reason to show up at the polls in 2018 and beyond,” Ellison, who was re-elected to his seat on Nov. 8, said in his DNC announcement. “We must build a bench not just for federal candidates, but for state and local candidates across the nation.”