Ellison, Walz party with Obamas at White House reception


Minnesota Reps. Keith Ellison and Tim Walz were invited to an evening reception with President Obama and the First Lady at the White House Thursday.

The "bi-partisan" reception included three dozen members of the House (and their spouses). Only seven were Republicans.

Big events like this aren't always smooth. Ellison learned the hard way.

MinnPost caught up with Ellison as he was trying to get into the White House. He had some problems because he forgot his ID.

"I'm walking up there right now," Ellison told MinnPost as he headed towards the White House. "It's just a meet and greet, just his [the president's] way of reaching out to Congress."
Here is the full list of attendees:

Rep. Mike Arcuri (D-NY), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA), Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA), Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), Rep. Peter Defazio (D-OR), Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-IL), Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL), Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH), Rep. John Tierney (D-MA), Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN), Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY).