Three children: Bobby, Jaylen, and Myles (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: job creation, affordable housing, civil rights, education, economic development, criminal justice reform.
When first elected in 2008, he was one of two black members of the House (Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, February 13, 2009).
He announced his intention to run for the 5th Congressional District in the 2018 election on June 5, 2018, but suspended his campaign on June 11, 2018. He continued his term in the Senate.
He was the co-founder and director of the 2003 Grammy nominated Excelsior Choir.