Rudy Hobbs for Congress
Raised on the eastside of Detroit, Rudy Hobbs moved to Southfield as a teen, graduating in 1993 from Southfield-Lathrup High School. After graduating from Michigan State University, he started his career in the Detroit Public Schools as a first grade teacher, just before former Governor John Engler enacted a controversial state takeover of DPS in 1999. This action would ignite Hobbs’ political aspirations. In 2003, Hobbs joined U.S. Congressman Sander Levin’s district staff, eventually becoming Levin’s district director. In 2004, he was elected to the Southfield school board. In 2006, Hobbs was tapped by former Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve as policy advisor to Lieutenant Governor John Cherry on matters of education and urban economic reform. In 2010, Hobbs became a member of the Michigan Legislature, defeating an odds-on favorite for the seat. In his second term serving Michigan’s 35th District, Hobbs represents Southfield, Lathrup Village, Oak Park and Royal Oak Township, which makes up a significant portion of the redrawn 14th Congressional District.
In the Michigan House, Hobbs quickly ascended to leadership, becoming Assistant Democratic Floor Leader in his first term. In his second term, he became the Democratic Floor Leader, the second highest-ranking representative in the caucus. Hobbs has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Michigan Municipal League and by the Building Owners and Managers Association for his work to restore jobs, improve educational opportunities and strengthen our communities.