house resolution no.422

The Speaker, on behalf of the entire membership of the House of Representatives, offered the following resolution:

A resolution of tribute for the Honorable Yousef Rabhi.

Whereas, It is with great pleasure that we recognize the service and leadership of Representative Yousef Rabhi. Representative Rabhi has shown dedication and passion for serving Michiganders and his constituents in the Fifty-third District, which includes Washtenaw county. Throughout his time in the Legislature, he exemplified what it means to be a public servant; and

Whereas, Representative Rabhi was born in Ypsilanti and raised in Ann Arbor, he attended Ann Arbor Public Schools. His passion for his community and social change was apparent from an early age eventually earning his bachelor   s degree in environmental science from the University of Michigan. While finishing his degree in 2010, he was elected to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, serving in that capacity for the next six years. During this time, he pursued a career working in public land stewardship and ecosystem management at both the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation and the University of Michigan   s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. He also remained deeply involved in his community throughout this time, serving on nearly 20 boards, committees, and commissions with the goal of building a more sustainable, equitable and just community for all; and

Whereas, Representative Rabhi was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2016 and served with great integrity and passion throughout his tenure. During his time in office, he served as the minority vice chair of the Appropriations subcommittee on Environmental Quality and was a member of the subcommittees on Community Colleges and Higher Education, where he proposed protections for the School Aid Fund. Representative Rabhi was also a member of the Government Operations Committee where he advocated for corporate tax reform. In 2018, he was elected as the House Democratic Floor Leader, a role in which he served for two consecutive terms and proved to be a great asset and leader for this chamber in his role. Representative Rabhi remained steadfast in his pursuit towards causes such as healthcare reform, consumer protections, worker   s rights, and combating climate change; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That we offer this expression of tribute to commend and thank the Honorable Yousef Rabhi for his notable contributions to this legislative body and to our state; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to Representative Rabhi as an expression of our gratitude and best wishes for the future.