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Arab Americans in Political Life

Founded in 1989, the Arab American Leadership Council is a network and resource for Arab American elected and appointed officials -- all of whom are deeply involved in American political life. It is also a network for Arab Americans who want to learn more about their parties and become more involved in the political process as it is home to the Arab American Democratic and Republican Caucuses.

Follow the links below to find profiles of Arab Americans in and seeking office and get updates about the political work Arab Americans are doing across the country. You can also view or print the Roster of Arab Americans in Public Service and Political Life, the only publication identifying Arab Americans in elected or appointed office and serving as political professionals.

Remember, these are living pages -- we're adding new names and offices every day, as our community's political force grows. If you are, or know of, an Arab American who should be part of the ALC, please contact us. In this case, more is more.

AAI has put together several resources to help you schedule a personal visit with your Representative, set up a Town Hall Meeting and effectively engage the media.

Here's how...

 

How to Schedule a Personal Visit Download the PDF
How to Request a Meeting (Sample Letter) Download the PDF
How to Schedule an Emergengy Town Hall Meeting (Sample Letter) Download the PDF
How to Engage the Media Download the PDF

Arab American Candidates

Click here for a list of Arab American candidates running for office in 2013. Candidates are added once they officially announce their campaign or file for candidacy. If you know of an Arab American candidate who should be listed, or if you're running for office, let us know.

2012 Election Results

2011 Election Results

2010 Election Results

Arab American Elected & Appointed Officials

The 2013 Roster is available online now. If you know of an Arab American official who is not listed or who has a new position, please use this form to update their information.

Party Platforms

AAI has compiled the official platforms of the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee on a range of Arab American issues, dating back to 1968.

Community News

Senator George J. Mitchell to Accept the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at 2014 Gibran Gala

April 07, 2014 — Blog

Senator George J. Mitchell to Accept the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at 2014 Gibran Gala

The 2014 Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service will be presented to Senator George J. Mitchell at this year’s annual Gibran Gala on Friday, April 25. Senator Mitchell’s meaningful contributions to so many facets of American society and international peace exemplify the qualities of leadership and understanding that the Arab American community honors at Gibran. We hope you can be there with us on April 25 as we present the Najeeb Halaby Award to Senator Mitchell for his embodiment of the true spirit of public service. Read More »

Sherrie Mikhail Miday: Paving a Path to the Bench

March 21, 2014 — Blog

Sherrie Mikhail Miday: Paving a Path to the Bench

By Firas Suqi
Spring Intern, 2014

Sherrie Mikhail Miday’s bid for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge aims to set a historic milestone in the Arab American community, as she strives to become the first Arab American of Coptic Egyptian descent to be an elected judge. In Ohio’s most populous region, encompassing the entire Cleveland metropolitan area, Cuyahoga County is home to one of the largest Coptic communities in the U.S. It is also the county with the largest Arab American population in the state. Read More »

Arab American Young Leaders Receive Training on ACA Enrollment

March 14, 2014 — Blog

Arab American Young Leaders Receive Training on ACA Enrollment

By Firas Suqi
Spring Intern, 2014

AAI hosted an Emerging Leaders Program event at our offices yesterday with Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Health Reform, Catherine Oakar. The event served to inform young Arab American leaders about the importance of registering for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and how to go about mobilizing the Arab American community to get enrolled in the ACA Marketplace before the coming March 31, 2014 open enrollment deadline. Oakar, a young Arab American of Syrian descent, also provided insights on her career path and the challenges of working such an expansive health policy rollout. Read More »

Damon Shadid Looks to Make History as First Arab American Seattle Municipal Court Judge

February 13, 2014 — Blog

Damon Shadid Looks to Make History as First Arab American Seattle Municipal Court Judge

If elected in November, Seattle attorney and community leader Damon Shadid will become the first Arab American to serve as Seattle Municipal Court Judge. The brother of late Arab American and Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Anthony Shadid, Damon Shadid is proud of his Lebanese heritage and touts how his background has shaped his passion for serving poor and under privileged communities on his campaign website. Read More »

2013 Elections Yield Substantial Political Gains for Arab American Community

November 08, 2013 — Blog

2013 Elections Yield Substantial Political Gains for Arab American Community

By Dena Elian
Fall Intern, 2013

The highly anticipated elections that took place on Tuesday will go down in Arab American history and the large number of Arab Americans on the ballot across the country was a palpable indicator of the continuing political progress being made by the Arab American community to seek and hold new and higher offices. In Michigan, Susan Dabaja became the first Arab American to be elected as Dearborn City Council President. Dabaja is the third candidate ever to win the Council presidency without having previously served on the Council. Read More »