State House District 53
Yousef Rabhi is running for his second two-year term as State Representative for District 53. He is 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 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.
Yousef Rabhi: In The News
Solar power changes cause critics to sizzle – Great Lakes Echo, May 24, 2018
Michigan House OKs plan to let industry officials help oversee environmental rules – Detroit News, May 22, 2018
Michigan House votes to create private industry panel to advise DEQ – WXYZ, May 23, 2018
Lawmakers want to relax rules on renewable energy – Detroit News, May 2, 2018
Michigan school safety bills begin 1st legislative hearings – WWMT, April 29, 2018
Community anti-fascist activists talk community organizing, solidarity – Michigan Daily, April 26, 2018
Ann Arbor lawmaker refuses to watch Trump's State of the Union – MLive, Jan. 30, 2018
Let sleeping frogs lie? Snyder will decide – Detroit News, Nov. 30, 2017
Thursday #StopSpencer teach-in emphasizes safe, strategic protest – Michigan Daily, Nov. 30, 2017
Issues Of The Environment: An Update On The Gelman Plume In Ann Arbor And Scio Township – WEMU, 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 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