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.
February 13, 2014 — Blog
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 »
November 08, 2013 — Blog
By Dena Elian
Fall Intern, 2013
October 04, 2013 — Blog
By Marc Sabbagh
Fall Intern, 2013
September 16, 2013 — Blog
By Isaac Levey
Until the last few weeks, Arab American Juliette Kayyem was not a household name to anyone except a few national security policy wonks in Boston and the Washington, D.C. area. But earlier this month, Kayyem lit up the Massachusetts political scene when she announced that she had raised over $130,000 in her campaign to become Governor of Massachusetts, all just eleven days after she officially announced her candidacy on August 21. A national security expert who has never held elective office before, Kayyem describes her positions as showing that “progressive politics and safety and security policy strengthen one another.” Read More »
September 10, 2013 — Blog
Today’s New York City elections are getting a lot of national press. But while the major media outlets remain focused on the Mayoral primary, which is important, to be sure, we at AAI are watching another race. Today could see the election of the first Arab American member of the New York City Council —and some significant changes in New York city policies. Read More »