State House District 53
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.
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 53 – Community Television Network, Oct. 11, 2016
Yousef Rabhi wins Ann Arbor state House race by huge margin – MLive, Aug. 2, 2016
Yousef Rabhi wins primary for Michigan House of Representatives 53rd District – Michigan 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 administrator – Ann 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
Issues Of The Environment: The Plastic Bag Regulation Debate – WEMU, June 1, 2016
Speech at Michigan Climate March (video) – December 2015
Washtenaw County Commissioner Rabhi Announces Run For Michigan State House – WEMU, Sept. 14, 2015
Ann Arbor's Yousef Rabhi announces 2016 campaign for state House – MLive, Sept. 14, 2015
Ann Arbor’s Yousef Rabhi kicks off campaign for State House seat – Michigan Daily, Sept. 30, 2015
Rabhi: Not Running for Mayor of Ann Arbor – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Jan. 9, 2014
22-year-old Yousef Rabhi elected to Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners – AnnArbor.com, Nov. 3, 2010