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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.

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

The Instrumental Role of Arab Americans in the Civil Rights Movement

February 18, 2015 — Blog

The Instrumental Role of Arab Americans in the Civil Rights Movement

By Eve Soliman
Winter Intern, 2015

Arab Americans like Ralph Johns and those who campaigned for Jesse Jackson played important roles in advancing the civil rights movement and highlight our shared struggle for civil rights and justice that continues today. Read More »

AAI Joins 150 Civil Rights Orgs to Demand Federal Action on Chapel Hill Murders

February 13, 2015 — Blog

AAI Joins 150 Civil Rights Orgs to Demand Federal Action on Chapel Hill Murders

AAI joined a coalition of 150 civil rights organizations in a letter sent this morning to Attorney General Eric Holder imploring him to direct the FBI to open a federal hate crime investigation into the tragic slaying of three Arab American Muslims, Deah Shaddy Barakat (23 years old), Yusor Mohammad Abu Salha (21 years old), and Razan Mohammad Abu Salha (19 years old), who were brutally murdered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 10th. Read More »

Jay Farhat: Moving Jacksonville Forward

February 03, 2015 — Blog

Jay Farhat: Moving Jacksonville Forward

When you speak to Jay Farhat you can feel how deeply he cares for the city of Jacksonville, Florida. His dedication and commitment to public service is evident in his 23 year history with the city. Read More »

Bridging the Divide in Andrews, North Carolina

January 20, 2015 — Blog

Bridging the Divide in Andrews, North Carolina

For the Lebanese El-Khouri family in Andrews, North Carolina, having a bridge dedicated to the late Joe El-Khouri, a revered community leader, is a high honor. Late last month, the North Carolina Department of Transportation publicly recognized Bridge No. 92 as the “Joe El-Khouri Bridge.” Read More »

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: DOJ Profiling Guidance Revisions Fail to Ban Profiling

December 08, 2014 — Blog

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: DOJ Profiling Guidance Revisions Fail to Ban Profiling

Today, Attorney General Eric Holder and the White House unveiled much anticipated revisions to 2003 Department of Justice Guidance on the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies (“Guidance”). Read More »