Yousef Rabhi

Yousef Rabhi is running for his second two-year term as State Representative for District 53. He was unopposed in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary and faces Republican Jean Holland in the Nov. 6 general election.

In the 2017-18 legislative session, Rabhi has sponsored more than a dozen resolutions and bills. He is co-sponsor of over 350 resolutions and bills this session. Rabhi serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is ranked as the most liberal member of the State House, according to an analysis by Inside Michigan Politics.

Rabhi previously was volunteer coordinator for the University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. He also served as a Washtenaw County Commissioner representing District 8 in Ann Arbor, an elected position he held from January 2011 through 2016. He was the county board's chair in 2013 and 2014.

Through his role on the county board, Rabhi served on a variety of advisory boards and commissions, including the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), the Washtenaw County Board of Public Works, and the Washtenaw County Agricultural Lands Preservation Advisory Committee.

Rabhi was born in Ypsilanti but grew up on the north side of Ann Arbor. He attended Northside Elementary, Ann Arbor Open, Clague Middle School, and Huron High School. At the University of Michigan, he earned an undergraduate degree in environmental science with a specialization in urban planning and ecosystems management.

Rabhi is not married and lives in Ann Arbor's Southtown neighborhood.

Ashley McCloskey is serving as Rabhi’s campaign treasurer. 

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Yousef Rabhi:  In The News

Minimum wage hike, paid sick leave won't be on Michigan's ballotMLive, Sept. 5, 2018

State Democrats: GOP must act on PFAS in new sessionWZZM, Sept. 4, 2018

Tuesday was a good night for some of Michigan's most progressive DemocratsDetroit Metro Times, Aug. 10, 2018

State Rep. Rabhi unveils a proposal to ensure equal healthcare for all MichigandersMichigan Radio, July 2, 2018

Michigan's marijuana debate deepens with legalization on ballotToledo Blade, June 15, 2018

Michigan to consider allowing 16-year-olds to voteWOOD, June 13, 2018

Solar power changes cause critics to sizzleGreat Lakes Echo, May 24, 2018

Michigan House OKs plan to let industry officials help oversee environmental rulesDetroit News, May 22, 2018

Michigan House votes to create private industry panel to advise DEQWXYZ, May 23, 2018

Michigan's Medicaid work requirements bill could have racist effectsDetroit Metro Times, May 9, 2018

Lawmakers want to relax rules on renewable energy Detroit News, May 2, 2018

Michigan school safety bills begin 1st legislative hearingsWWMT, April 29, 2018

Community anti-fascist activists talk community organizing, solidarityMichigan Daily, April 26, 2018

University of Michigan won't restore 'Michigan Time,' despite lawmaker's effortMLive, April 12, 2018

Issues Of The Environment: State Rep. Yousef Rabhi Of Ann Arbor Addresses Water Policy In MichiganWEMU, March 28, 2018

Ann Arbor lawmaker refuses to watch Trump's State of the UnionMLive, Jan. 30, 2018

Let sleeping frogs lie? Snyder will decide Detroit News, Nov. 30, 2017

Thursday #StopSpencer teach-in emphasizes safe, strategic protestMichigan Daily, Nov. 30, 2017

Issues Of The Environment: An Update On The Gelman Plume In Ann Arbor And Scio TownshipWEMU, Sept. 6, 2017

Ann Arbor state rep candidates share ideas for improving Michigan – MLive, Oct. 12, 2016

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum State Rep. District 53Community Television Network, Oct. 11, 2016

Yousef Rabhi wins Ann Arbor state House race by huge marginMLive, Aug. 2, 2016

Yousef Rabhi wins primary for Michigan House of Representatives 53rd DistrictMichigan Daily, Aug. 2, 2016

Rabhi raises $52K in Ann Arbor state rep race; Kwasny refuses donations – MLive, July 28, 2016

Money and Authenticity: Strong contrasts mark Ann Arbor's Democratic state rep primaries – Ann Arbor Observer, July 2016

Snowflake Wanted: After a first search founders, the county is once again looking for an administratorAnn Arbor Observer, July 2016

Ann Arbor state rep candidates share views on education, campaign finance – MLive, July 12, 2016

Candidate Forum (video) – League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, July 11, 2016

Soapbox Summer (audio and transcript)WEMU, July 11, 2016

Response to Arts Alliance questionnaire (see pages 84-86)

Issues Of The Environment: The Plastic Bag Regulation DebateWEMU, June 1, 2016

Speech at Michigan Climate March (video) – December 2015

Washtenaw County Commissioner Rabhi Announces Run For Michigan State HouseWEMU, Sept. 14, 2015

Ann Arbor's Yousef Rabhi announces 2016 campaign for state HouseMLive, Sept. 14, 2015

Ann Arbor’s Yousef Rabhi kicks off campaign for State House seatMichigan Daily, Sept. 30, 2015

Rabhi: Not Running for Mayor of Ann ArborThe Ann Arbor Chronicle, Jan. 9, 2014

22-year-old Yousef Rabhi elected to Washtenaw County Board of, Nov. 3, 2010