Florida's 17th District
Allen was born in Avon Park, Florida on November 21, 1980 to a minister and a special needs instructor, both of whom taught him the importance of service. Known for his vision and perspective, he was raised in the agriculturally based, rural city of Wauchula, Florida.
After graduating from Hardee Senior High School in 1999, Allen went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a concentration in Business Administration from Florida Southern College where he was elected Treasurer of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, FSC Chapter and soon thereafter, became the organization’s first African-American President.
During this time, he was actively involved in community organizing initiatives. These efforts led to the creation of The Community Economic Council, Inc. in which he served as Treasurer and later serving as the organization’s advocate in Washington, DC. The CEC was created to educate and inspire members of the community on the issues surrounding business ownership, trade and commerce.
During his tenure at the CEC, Allen hosted community forums, town hall meetings and events that were designed to strengthen the communities in the areas of business and home ownership, public-private partnerships, government contracting, financial literacy, trade and commerce.
In 2014, Allen founded the Center for Economic & Policy Development. (The Center) to facilitate economic growth throughout Central Florida and rural parts of the country.
In 2018, he and his wife operate The Ellison Outreach Foundation, Inc. is 501(c)3 not-for-profit NGO dedicated to positively changing and strengthening the quality of lives for families and the communities they live in. The Foundation’s mission is to provide resources to children and families living below the poverty line and empower them to change their outcomes. The organization’s purpose is to bridge the gap for the many people who are struggling and striving for something greater. Allen’s vision, core philosophies and strong principles are igniting young future leaders from around the country through the organization’s Emerging Leaders Initiative. This initiative facilitates his vision of pairing young bright minds with current leaders in the fields of medicine, science, engineering, law, policy and politics.
Also in October of 2018, Allen became the Democratic Nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Florida’s 17th Congressional District claiming a 52 percent victory over numerous contenders during the special primary election. He then made an impressive showing on November 6th general election to his opponent, an experienced and well-known Senator who served three terms in the Florida Senate. Allen then won nearly 40% of the vote, which was a remarkable showing for Allen, considering that his name was not even placed on the ballot, which were already printed when he entered the race. It was no small task to overcome for Ellison who had only 28 days to build and run a campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in the largest congressional district in Florida.
The district covers the nine sprawling counties of Lee, Sarasota, Polk, Charlotte, De Soto, Okeechobee, Highlands, Glades and Hardee. He is running for office, because he believes in achieving a brighter future for Florida and for this country. Allen believes in fostering an environment to enhance economic opportunities for everyone by providing meaningful good paying jobs and a quality and affordable world class education to be able to compete in today’s global society.
He believes in securing the future of the United States. He feels that the country is in need of new leadership with new ideas in order to overcome new and existing challenges and he is poised to set this country on a new path forward. He is married to Dr. Samantha Ellison and they both have a beautiful daughter named Allanah Ellison.