WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, was among a group of lawmakers and government officials invited to the White House Wednesday night to celebrate the annual Ramadan holiday with President Obama.
Others invited included Secretary of the Department of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Attorney General Eric Holder, and members of the diplomatic corps from a range of countries, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Morocco, Kenya, Israel, Indonesia, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Iraq and Egypt.
Other members of Congress invited included Democratic Reps. John Conyers of Michigan, Rush Holt of New Jersey and Andre Carson of Indiana. Carson is the only other Muslim in Congress other than Ellison. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., was also invited.