Candidate:
State House District 53

Yousef Rabhi
Democrat



Yousef Rabhi

OUTCOME: Yousef Rabhi was elected to the State House of Representatives for District 53 and was sworn into office on Jan. 2, 2017.

Yousef Rabhi is volunteer coordinator for the University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. He also serves as a Washtenaw County commissioner representing District 8 in Ann Arbor, an elected position he has held since January 2011. He is currently vice chair of the county board, and was the board's chair in 2013 and 2014.

Rabhi prevailed over Steve Kwasny in the Aug. 2, 2016 Democratic primary. He faces Republican Sam Bissell on Nov. 8.

Through his role on the county board, Rabhi has 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.

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Yousef Rabhi:  In The News

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 CommissionersAnnArbor.com, Nov. 3, 2010