Nigerian-American, Ms Esther Agbaje who contested to represent District 59B in the Minnesota House of Representatives on the platform of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, an appendage of the US Democratic Party, has won.
Esther, 35, won by a landslide, polling 17,396 votes or 74.7 per cent of the total ballots cast.
Her closest challenger, Alan Shilepsky of the Republican Party, secured 4,128 votes, representing 17.7 per cent of the total
Esther Agbaje is an Associate with Ciresi Conlin LLP. She practices in general civil litigation and medical malpractice. She also has experience in class action lawsuits.
The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Agbaje was born in St. Paul, the state capital of Minnesota.
Her father, Rev. John, an Episcopal Church priest, met her mother, Bunmi, a librarian, at the University of Minnesota where they were studying.
She graduated from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., with a degree in political science.
Esther holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and also a law degree from Harvard University.
She once served at the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer, charged with managing rule of law projects in the Middle East.