Minnesota State House, District 61B
Jamie is a progressive community leader, organizer, and experienced advocate currently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Keith Ellison, where he manages Keith’s Minnesota office and leads efforts to partner with community to improve the lives of Minnesotans. Following the 2016 election, Jamie directed Rep. Ellison’s DFA-endorsed race for Chair of the Democratic National Committee, which resulted in Keith’s appointment as Deputy Chair and a far more prominent role for progressive ideas in the national party. Jamie also served as Keith’s representative to the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee, which led to the most progressive platform in party history.
Jamie previously worked in energy, environment and transportation policy, helping to turn innovative ideas into law in the U.S. Congress – serving as Legislative Director for Rep. Ellison, Legislative Counsel for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Legislative Counsel for Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO). In law school, Jamie spent time with a Public Defender’s office, and aided legal efforts at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate Center. He received his J.D. from George Washington Law School and his B.A. from Carleton College.
Jamie also served as the lead strategist for Voters First, an effort to support candidates and campaigns that will prioritize grassroots organizing and expanding the electorate - all through a lens of building a more reflective democracy. He’s running now on the same values and policy aims he’s championed throughout his career - to stop mass incarceration, to get big money out of politics, to dismantle racism and its impacts, to invest in a clean energy, to create a thriving, equitable economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthiest few.
Jamie lives in Southwest Minneapolis with his wife and high school sweetheart, Melissa, and their one-year-old son, Ryan. He is active in the community, chairing his neighborhood council, and volunteering to help organize the DFL Senate District. He serves on the board of Minneapolis Climate Action, where he led efforts to build a community solar project in Southwest Minneapolis, for which he was honored as a “40 Under 40” energy policy expert. He also previously served on the Minneapolis chapter board of the progressive legal organization the American Constitution Society. Jamie’s hobbies include adventures outdoors, listening to music, playing Ultimate Frisbee, reading history, watching classic movies, and singing.