Posted on April 04, 2011 in Arab American Institute

The following Arab Americans are among those who have held elected or appointed office in selected categories

Former Government Officials

Senior Administration Officials

  • E. Spencer Abraham, U.S. Senator, Michigan (1994-2000)
  • Mitchell E. Daniels, Director, Office of Management and Budget (2001-2004); Jr. Asst. to the President, Political and Intergovernmental Affairs (1985-1987)
  • Judith Rainey Baroody, Director of Strategic Planning and External Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Department of State
  • George Doumani, Director of Technology Policy, Department of Energy, George Bush Administration
  • Zead A. Haddad, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Energy (2001-2008)
  • Walid Maalouf, Director of Public Diplomacy, Middle Eastern and Middle East Partnership Initiative, USAID (2004-2008)
  • Majida Murad, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Department of Energy
  • Thomas Nassif, U.S. Ambassador (1985-1988)
  • Selwa Roosevelt, Chief of Protocol (1982-1989)
  • George R. Salem, U.S. Solicitor of Labor (1985-1989), U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
  • Daniel S. Seikaly, Associate Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice
  • Greg Simon, Director of Domestic Policy, Office of Vice President Gore
  • John H. Sununu, White House Chief of Staff (1989-1991)
  • Dr. Elias Zerhouni, Director, U.S. National Institute of Health (2002 - 2008)

U.S. Ambassadors

  • Edward Gabriel, U.S. Ambassador to Morocco
  • Joseph Ghougassian, U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq
  • Theodore Kattouf, U.S. Ambassador
  • Marcelle Wahba, U.S. Ambassador to UAE
  • Sam H. Zakhem, U.S. Ambassador (1986-1989)

U.S. Congress

  • James Abdnor, U.S. Senator, South Dakota (1981-1986) (deceased)
  • James G. Abourezk, U.S. Senator, South Dakota (1971-1979)
  • E. Spencer Abraham, U.S. Senator, Michigan (1994-2000)
  • John Baldacci, U.S. Representative, Maine
  • Charles Boustany, Jr., U.S. Representative, Louisiana-7th & 3rd (2005-2017)
  • Pat Danner, U.S. Representative, Missouri (1984-2000)
  • Gwen Graham, U.S. Representative, Florida-2nd (2015-2017)
  • Christopher C. John, U.S. Representative, Louisiana (1996-2004)
  • George A. Kasem, U.S. Representative, California (1959-1961)
  • Abraham Kazen, U.S. Representative, Texas (1967-1985)
  • Ray LaHood, U.S. Representative, Illinois (1995-2008)
  • George Mitchell, U.S. Senate Majority Leader (1980-1995)
  • Toby Moffett, U.S. Representative, Connecticut (1975-1982)
  • Mary Rose Oakar, U.S. Representative, Ohio (1977-1993)
  • John E. Sununu, U.S. Representative, New Hampshire (1996-2002); U.S. Senator, New Hampshire (2003-2008)

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Administration & Congressional Staff

  • Samir Abu Ghazaleh, National Cancer Advisory Board (2000-2007)
  • Luis Acle, White House Office of Public Liaison (1985-1986)
  • Alex M. Azar II, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, US Department of Health and Human Services (2005-2007)
  • Michael Baroody, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Labor (1985-1988)
  • William J. Baroody, Jr., Asst. to the President, Office of Public Liaison (1973-1977)
  • Michael Bouchard, Assistant Director/Field Operations, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • Lori Sharpe Day, Director & Advisor to the Attorney General, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Justice
  • Michele Forzley, Office of International and Refugee Health, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Edmond Haddad, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy (1987-1988)
  • Robert Joseph, Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, Department of State (2005-2007)
  • Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation
  • Sam LaHood, Special Assistant, Office of International Affairs, Department of Energy
  • Terry Abdoo King, Press Secretary-U.S. Mint, Bush Administration
  • Kelly Sharbel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense; Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs, Department of Defense
  • Dina Habib Powell, Assistant Secretary, Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State (2005-2007)
  • Ali Tulbah, Cabinet Affairs, White House
  • Raouf Youssef, Egypt Desk Officer, USAID
  • Sarah Youssef, Associate Director, Domestic Policy Council, Office of the Vice President

Boards & Commissions

  • Eva Teig Hardy, Southern States Energy Board (2000-2005)
  • Randa Fahmy Hudome, Board Member, U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board
  • Naomi Shihab Nye, National Council on the Humanities (2002- 2007)
  • James Telb, Board Member, Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, Ohio

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Former State Officials (Elected)

  • Chris Abboud, State Senator, Nebraska
  • Gene Abdallah, State Senator, South Dakota
  • Robert Aber, State Representative, Pennsylvania
  • Paula Aboud, State Senator, Arizona
  • Stephen Abraham, Register of the Probate, Worcester County Probate 
  • John Akouri, Council Member, City Council of Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Abdul Algazali, City Councilor, Hamtramck City Council, Michigan (2006-2014)
  • Ali Baleed Almaklani, President and co-founder of the Yemen American Benevolent Association
  • Suehaila Amen, Precinct Delegate, Democratic Party of Wayne County / 14th District 
  • William N. Aswad, State Representative, Chittenden 3-1 District, Virginia 
  • Victor Atiyeh, Governor, Oregon (1979-1987), State Senator, Oregon (1965-1978), State Representative, Oregon (1959-1964)
  • Dr. Mahmoud Aqeal: Member of the Board of Managers of Preakness Hospital, Passaic County
  • Anthony Azar, State Senator, Rhode Island
  • Steven Baddour, State Senator, Massachusetts
  • Clem Balanoff, State Representative, Illinois, 32nd District (1989-1995)
  • Mariam Balanoff, State Representative, Illinois, 30th District (1979-1983)
  • John Elias Baldacci, Governor, Maine
  • David Constantine, Governor's Councilor, Massachusetts
  • John Douglas Barr II, State Representative and Deputy Majority Leader, Rhode Island
  • Elias Bo Ackal, State Representative, Louisiana
  • John Broujos, State Representative, Pennsylvania
  • David Cappiello, State Senator, Connecticut (1998-2008)
  • George Crady, State Representative, Florida
  • Wadie P. Deddeh, State Senator, California
  • Timothy Deratany, State Senator, Florida
  • John N. Ellem, House of Delegates (10th District), West Virginia 
  • Joe Elias, Member, Pennsylvania Ethnic Heritage Commission
  • Barbara A. Farrah, State Representative, Michigan (2003-2008)
  • David Farhat, State Representative, Michigan (2003-2006)
  • Debbie Farhat, State Representative, Michigan (1987-88)
  • Ted Haik, Jr., State Representative, Louisiana
  • Jack Hanna, Interim Chair, Pennsylvania Democratic Party; Chair, Southwest Caucus of Pennsylvania State Committee of the Democratic Party; Treasurer of PA Democratic Party
  • William A. Hamzy, State Representative, Connecticut
  • Matt Heinz, State Representative, Arizona
  • Charles A. Howell III, Member, Tennessee General Assembly/House of Representatives (1969-70)
  • Daniel J. Issa, State Senator, Rhode Island (-2008)
  • Alex Isaac, Member of the Executive Board, Genesee County Democratic Party; Precinct Delegate, Genesee County / 5th District
  • Paul Jabour, State Senator, Rhode Island
  • Morphis A. Jamiel, State Senator, Rhode Island; State Representative, Rhode Island
  • Michael Jarjura, State Representative (74th District), Connecticut
  • Ruth Joseph, State Representative, Maine
  • Nilo Juri, State Representative, Florida
  • Stephen Kafoury, State Senator, Oregon
  • David Karem, State Senator, Kentucky
  • Johnny Khamis, President, California's Republican Arab American Congress
  • Jonathan Khoury, Precinct Delegate, Democratic Party of Macomb County / 12th District
  • George Kilsey, State Representative, Rhode Island
  • Fred Koory, Governor, State Senator, State Representative, Arizona
  • Joseph Kyrillos, State Senator, New Jersey
  • Maureen (Hallal) Maigret, State Representative, Rhode Island; State Director of Elderly Affairs
  • Allan Mansoor, Assemblyman, California State Assembly (74th District)
  • Marianne Yared McGuire, Treasurer, Michigan State Board of Education
  • Harry Meshel, State Senator, Ohio
  • John M. Michael, State Representative, Maine
  • Ollie Mohamed, Sr., State Senator, Mississippi
  • Norman Murdock, State Representative, Ohio
  • Jana Musleh, Precinct Delegate, Democratic Party of Wayne County / 11th District
  • Florence NasserMember Genesee County Democratic Party Executive Board
  • John D. Nickola, Precinct Delegate, Genesee County / 5th District Chair, Arab American Democratic Party Caucus for the Executive Committee
  • Joseph Palaia, NJ State Senator (11th District)
  • George Noujaim, Waterbury, CT Board of Aldermen, 4th Ward (2011-2013)
  • Selim Noujaim, Connecticut House of Representatives, 74th District (2002-2017)
  • Nick J. Rahall II, U.S. Representative (3rd District), West Virginia 
  • Scott Rumana, Member of New Jersey General Assembly (2008- )
  • Edward Saleeby, Sr., State Senator, South Carolina (1972-2002) deceased
  • Eugene Saloom, State Representative, Pennsylvania
  • Andre Sayegh, Board of Education, Paterson, New Jersey (2007-2008)
  • George P. Shadid, Illinois State Senator, 46th District
  • Jeanne Shaheen, Governor, New Hampshire
  • Robert Sheheen, State Representative, South Carolina
  • Vincent Sheheen, State Representative, South Carolina
  • Michael Soloman, President, Providence City Council
  • John H. Sununu, Chair of New Hampshire Republican Party (2009-2011); Governor, New Hampshire (1983-1989); Chair of the National Governor's Association (1987-1988); New Hampshire House of Representatives (1973-1975)
  • James J. Tayoun, Sr., State Representative, Pennsylvania
  • E. J. Thomas, Jr., State Representative (27th District)
  • Jeffrey W. Thomas, City Council, New Kensington
  • Rashida Tlaib, Michigan House of Representatives, 6th District (2009-2014)
  • Chris Wakim, House of Delegates, West Virginia ( 2003- 2007)
  • Tracey A. Yokich, State Representative, Michigan
  • Sam Zakhem, State Senator, Colorado
  • George Zainyeh, State Representative, Rhode Island

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Former State Officials (Appointed)

  • Ruth Abboud, Legislative Representative, Ohio State School Board
  • Charles G. Abdelnour, San Diego City Clerk
  • Mary J. Abu-Ghazaleh, Precinct Officer, Democratic Party, South Dakota
  • Terry Ahwal, Michigan Advisory Council on Chaldean and Arab American Affairs
  • Michael Akrouche, Director, Department of Liquor Control, Ohio
  • Salam Al-Marayati, Commissioner, Los Angles Human Relations Commission
  • Bilal Ayyub, Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern Americans Affairs, Maryland
  • Milan T. Azar, Legal Counsel, State House Labor Committee, Rhode Island
  • John Bader, Regional Vice-Chair, California Congress of Republicans (San Francisco Bay Area)
  • George Bayoud, Secretary of State, Texas
  • Fred Buderi, Member, Peace and Justice Advisory Commission, California
  • Jo Ann Hajjar Byrnes, Morris County Democratic Party Committeewoman
  • Hassen A. Cara, Chamber of Commerce International Committee, Oklahoma
  • Hany G. Choulagh, Michigan Advisory Council on Chaldean and Arab American Affairs
  • Jamal Dajani, Commissioner, California Immigrant Rights Commission
  • Peter G. Decker, Jr., Virginia Board of Corrections
  • Dennis Denno, Communications Director, Michigan Democratic Party & Michigan House Democrats
  • Troy A. Eid, U.S. Attorney, Colorado
  • Kaleel M. Ellis, Vigo County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Michael T. Ellis, Vigo County Chief Adult Probation Officer
  • Mike Farrah, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, City and County of San Francisco
  • Nancy Shehata Fitterer, Chief of Staff of State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-12) and Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R-12)
  • Omar Ganoom, Deputy State Treasurer, Ohio
  • Diedra A. Garcia, State Personnel Board, Colorado
  • Abdel Razzaq Ghalayani, Special Assistant for Ethnic Affairs, Office of Representative Robert Brady
  • John Abi-Habib, Committee Chair, Lebanese Heritage Community Committee  
  • Frederick T. Hadeed, Commonwealth Health Research Board 
  • Ted Halaby, Colorado Republican Party Chairman
  • Eva Teig Hardy, Board Member, Avalere Health Board of Directors
  • Karen Henry, Michigan Advisory Council on Chaldean and Arab American Affairs
  • Pamela Howar, Vice Chair, District of Columbia Republican Committee
  • Randa Fahmy Hudome, Chairperson, Maryland Commission for Women
  • Richard Ieyoub, Louisiana Attorney General
  • Constance Koury, Louisiana Economic Development Corps
  • George Lazieh, Special Assistant Attorney General, Rhode Island
  • Samuel Lazieh, Chief of Staff, State Treasurer’s Office, Rhode Island
  • Rafat Mahmood, Virginia Asian Advisory Board
  • James Maloof, Human Rights Commission of Illinois
  • Martin F. Manna, Michigan Advisory Council on Chaldean and Arab American Affairs
  • Asaad Masri, Medical Foundation, University of Virginia
  • Maureen Massiwer, Chief of Staff, Governor’s Office, Rhode Island
  • Stephen Sami Mashney, Secretary, Marin County Democratic Central Committee
  • Anisa Mehdi, New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority
  • Abe Munfakh, Chairman of the board of the Arab American and Chaldean Council; member of the Plymouth, MI Foundation Board
  • Gus Murad, Commissioner, Small Business Commission, City and County of San Francisco
  • Bassima Mustafa, New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Board of Directors
  • Ross Nammar, San Jacinto City Manager, California
  • David-Imad Ramadan, Board of Visitors, George Mason University 
  • Juliet Ristom, Associate Member, State Republican Party, California
  • Houeida Saad, Deputy General Counsel for Inova Health Systems  
  • Thomas J. Saadi, Assistant Attorney General, Connecticut; First Lieutenant, JAG Corp, U.S. Army Reserves; City Councilman
  • Abdel Salem, City Manager, City of El Centro, California
  • Donna E. Shalala, President, University of Miami
  • Fatima Shama, Commissioner of The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Saba Shami, Chief Deputy of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, Virginia
  • Basel K. Shatara, Michigan Advisory Council on Chaldean and Arab American Affairs
  • Richard P.F. Shibley, Deputy Secretary of State, Massachusetts
  • Saffiya Shillo, Director of Ethnic Affairs, Office of the Lt. Governor, Illinois
  • Joseph J. Skaff, West Virginia Secretary for Public Safety
  • Anthony Solomon, State Treasurer, Rhode Island
  • Robert Stephan, Attorney General, Kansas
  • James Stokes, State Director of Appointments, Office of Governor Granholm, Michigan
  • E. Najla Tanous, USSBA District Counsel, Houston Office
  • Chris Sununu, Executive Council of New Hampshire (2011-2017)

Mayors

  • Bobby Abrusley, Oakdale, Louisiana
  • Richard Anter, City of Fairview Park, Ohio
  • John J. Ash, Jr., Olean, New York
  • Adeeb E. Bassitt, St. Albans, West Virginia
  • Fred Daboul, Mayor Pro-Tem St. Albans, Michigan
  • Michael Damas, Toledo, Ohio
  • Alex Daoud, Miami Beach, Florida
  • Samer Elbassiouny, Washington Township, New Jersey
  • Brenda J. Elias, Franklin, New Hampshire
  • Joseph El-Kateeb, Farmington, Michigan
  • Joseph P. Ganim, Mayor, Bridgeport
  • Albert Habhab, Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • Tommy Hazouri, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Robert Isaac, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Samuel T. Isaac, Cumberland, Kentucky
  • Teresa Ann Isaac, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Paul Jabour, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Michael Jarjura, Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Ruth Joseph, Waterville, Maine
  • Thomas Lazieh, Central Falls, Rhode Island
  • James Maloof, Peoria, Illinois
  • Abraham Malooley, Commissioner, Terre Haute Redevelopment Commission, Indiana
  • Joe Michael, Homer, Lousiana
  • George Milhim, Hempstead, New York
  • Herb Mocol, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Mary C. Moran, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Eugene F. Moses, Azusa, California
  • George Mowad, Oakdale, Louisiana
  • Tim Nader, Chula Vista, California
  • Lee Namey, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Alfred Saliba, Dothan, Alabama
  • Joan Haddad Saliba, Hartwell, Georgia
  • Ziad Andrew Shehady, Springfield, New Jersey 
  • Randel Coy Shadid, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Donna Fekay Smith, Pamona, California

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Judges

  • Charles A. Abdella, First Justice, East Brookfield District Court (Massachusetts)
  • Caram Abood, Judge, 47th Judicial District, Pennsylvania
  • Charles D. Abood, Judge, Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals
  • Philip T. Abraham, Circuit Court Judge, Oregon
  • Lawrence Ackels, Jr., Judge, Texas
  • Fred Anthony, Judge of Probate, Shelton
  • George N. Asack, Probate Trial Court Judge, Massachusetts
  • George Assad, Judge, Nevada
  • Louis E. Azar, Probate Judge, City of Central Falls
  • Gloria Bahakel, Judge, Alabama
  • Miriam D. Balanoff, Circuit Court Judge, Illinois
  • Robert Balanoff, City Court Judge, Cook County, Illinois
  • James Barakatt, Judge, California
  • Rosemary Barkett, Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court
  • David Baroody, Judge, South Carolina
  • John Baroody, Judge, New York
  • Richard Berry, Superior Court Judge, Iowa
  • Richard G. Berry, Judge, California
  • George L. Betro, Court Chief Judge, Utica City, New York
  • Bruce Coury, Magistrate, City of Brook Park, Ohio
  • Peter Michael Curry, Senior District Judge, Texas
  • Peter C. Deddeh, Superior Court Judge, San Diego, California
  • George Ellis, Senior Judge, Harris County, Texas
  • John E. Ellis, Circuit Court Judge, Mississippi
  • James Gabriel, Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court, Massachusetts
  • Doughlas George, Judge, Kentucky
  • Albert Habhab, Senior Judge, Iowa Court of Appeals
  • Peter Haddad, County Court Judge, Brevard County, Florida
  • William James Haddad, Judge of the Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois
  • Ernest S. Hayeck, Trial Court Judge, Massachusetts
  • Janice M. Holder, State Supreme Court Justice-Tennessee
  • Sheila Isaac, Judge, Kentucky
  • Morphis A. Jamiel, Probate Judge, Town of Warren
  • Moses Kando, Judge, Workers Compensation Commission
  • Philip A. Kazen, Jr., Judge, 227th District Court, Bexar County 
  • Paul Kfoury, Judge, New Hampshire
  • Alvin G. Khoury, Judge, Texas
  • Thomas Malik, Judge, Louisiana
  • Anthony Mansour, Circuit Court Judge, Michigan
  • Martin Mansur, District Court Judge, Minnesota
  • Frederick M. Marshall, Supreme Court Judge, New York
  • Alfred Monsour, District Judge, Louisiana
  • Alfred Morad, Judge, Southeast Wayne County
  • John L. Murad, Justice, New York State Supreme Court
  • Robert A. Nader, Judge, 11th District, Court of Appeals, Ohio
  • Joseph Nahra, Judge, Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals
  • Charles Najjar, Judge, Birmingham, AL
  • Woodrow Nasser, Judge, Terre Haute Superior Court
  • Kenneth P. Nasif, Justice, Attleboro District Court / Bristol County Juvenile Court (Massachusetts)
  • George Nazarian, Probate Judge, City of Pawtucket
  • Joseph G. Owen, Supreme Court Justice, 9th Judicial Circuit, New York
  • James J. Rashid, Judge, Michigan
  • Deeb G. Sarkas, Judge, Administrative Adjudication Division, Probate Judge, City of Central Falls
  • Anthony F. Shaheen, Justice, New York State Supreme Court, Oneida County
  • William Shaheen, Judge, Durham District Court (New Hampshire)
  • George Shahood, Judge, Florida
  • Mitchell Shaker, Judge, Trumbell County, Ohio
  • M. John Shamo, Recorder's Court Judge
  • Saffiya Shillo, Election Judge, Illinois
  • Joseph J. Solomon, Municipal Court Judge, City of Warwick
  • William G. Tajra, Probate Judge, City of Central Falls
  • Raymond A. Thomas, Probate Judge, Town of Bristol, Rhode Island
  • Richard Unis, Judge, Oregon Supreme Court
  • Antonio "Tony" Viviano, Judge, Macomb County Probate Court (1993-2002); Judge, 16th District Macomb County Circuit Court (2003-2010); Chief Judge, Macomb County Circuit Court (2005-2007)
  • David Viviano, Judge, 16th District Macomb County Circuit Court (2006-2013); Chief Judge, Macomb County Circuit Court (2011-2013)
  • Ernest George Williams, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge
  • Thomas Yezbak, Judge, Uniontown, Pennsylvania
  • Paul Zakaib, Jr., Circuit Court Judge, 13th Judicial Circuit

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