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Former state legislator and Obama advisor Myron Orfield endorses Haaris Pasha for MN House 60b

Orfield, who spearheaded vast reforms of fair housing and education policy, lauds Pasha as a “bold new leader” committed to civil rights and public service.

Minneapolis - Myron Orfield, the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the University of Minnesota Law School, has endorsed Haaris Pasha’s campaign for Minnesota House District 60b.

Said Orfield, “Haaris Pasha was one of my very best law students. He could have any legal career that he wanted. But he has chosen to use his talents not for a big salary but for the public good. He cares deeply about civil rights and justice and will use his skills to make his community, his state and his country a better place. He is a bold new leader like my former student Keith Ellison and reminds me of the young Barack Obama, I met working on civil rights issues in Chicago in the early 1990s.”

Orfield was elected to both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate, where he was the architect of major statewide legislation on land use, fair housing, and education policy. He has published extensively on local government law, fair housing, school desegregation, charter schools, state and local tax policy. Orfield has also served on the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, as an academic advisor to the Congressional Black Caucus, an advisor to President Obama’s transition team for urban policy, to the White House Office of Urban Affairs, and as special consultant to the HUD’s Office for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

Balloting for seat 60b has begun and will continue until the Minnesota primary season concludes on August 14. You can learn more about Haaris Pasha and his campaign at