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.
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.
Arab American Elected & Appointed Officials
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.
July 17, 2014 — Blog
Arab American Kinnan Hammond-Dowie, age 12, was selected as a winner of this year’s “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.” He was honored today at the annual White House’s Kids State Dinner for his dish, “Mediterranean Kebabs with Cilantro Tabbouleh”. Read More »
July 01, 2014 — Blog
Rosemary Barkett, the first female judge and the first Arab American judge to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, was born in 1939 to Syrian immigrants. An exemplary woman of many firsts, Judge Barkett credits her remarkable career to her diverse upbringing that helped give her a global perspective on shared values and an appreciation of the world as a whole. Read More »
June 30, 2014 — Blog
Sam Maloof, arguably America’s number one wood craftsman, was born in 1916 in Chino, California to Lebanese immigrants. Referred to by President Carter as his personal “woodworking hero,” Maloof remained committed to the values of craftsmanship, integrity, and compassion which he learned from his parents’ heritage. Read More »
June 25, 2014 — Blog
Edward Said, a Palestinian American literary theorist and leading public intellectual, was born in 1935 in Jerusalem. A bold leader in the Arab American community, his groundbreaking work and resulting publication of "Orientalism" challenged the common understanding of how the West perceives and relates to the Middle East. His contributions to American intellectual thought and the significance of his activism with regards to U.S. foreign policy continues to spark important discussions and prolific debate. Read More »
June 24, 2014 — Blog
Prominent reporter Helen Thomas was born in 1920 in Winchester, Kentucky to Syrian-born immigrants from Tripoli, Lebanon. Feisty and passionate, Thomas covered the administrations of eleven U.S. presidents over five decades in relentless pursuit of the truth, making her one of the the best White House correspondents this country has ever seen. Hardly just a reporter, Thomas broke down barriers for female journalists, and earned nationwide recognition as the most fearless and respected leader of the press. Read More »