Yousef Rabhi is serving in his first term as a state representative for the 53rd House District, which includes parts of the city of Ann Arbor and portions of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield and Scio townships.
Rep. Rabhi was born in Ypsilanti and raised in Ann Arbor. He attended Ann Arbor Public Schools, including Northside, Bach Open, Clague and Huron high schools. After graduating, he attended the University of Michigan where he earned a degree in environmental science with a specialization in urban planning and ecosystem management.
Throughout college, Rep. Rabhi worked for social change as an activist in peace, labor and environmental movements. During his senior year of college, he took his passion for the Ann Arbor community and channeled it into his first political campaign running for the County Board of Commissioners. After winning his first election, he was elected as the board’s working session chair in his first term, where he led the board through many important decisions. In his second term on the board, Rep. Rabhi was elected to be chair of the Board of Commissioners. It was in this capacity that he was able to help put the county on stable fiscal footing by passing the county’s first balanced four-year budget, earning the county a AAA Bond rating for the first time in the county’s history. This accomplishment, along with others, helped him earn his reelection to the board for a third term, where he was subsequently elected to be vice-chair of the board.
During his time on the County Board of Commissioners, Rep. Rabhi was able to serve on nearly 20 different boards, committees and commissions covering topics such as public safety, public works, solid waste management, transportation, human service funding and land preservation, among others. Before being elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, he worked at the University of Michigan as the Volunteer Coordinator at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.