Rudy Hobbs

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Rudy Hobbs
Michigan House of Representatives District 35
In office
January 1. 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms
Bachelor'sMichigan State University, 1998
Master'sMichigan State University
Office website
Campaign website
Rudy Hobbs is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 35th District since January 1, 2011.

Hobbs is a teacher, and taught in the Detroit Public School system. He was elected to the Southfield School Board in 2004 and served for four years. Hobbs worked for Governor Jennifer M. Granholm’s administration as a policy adviser to Lieutenant Governor John Cherry, concentrating on statewide educational and economic reform. Most recently, Hobbs worked on behalf of Oakland and Macomb County residents as the District Director for U.S. Congressman Sander Levin.

Hobbs holds a degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in Education Administration from MSU.


Campaign Themes

Hobbs' website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

The Economy

  • Excerpt:"Michigan’s economic success will depend on lawmakers, labor and business leaders working collaboratively, attracting and developing new emerging industries, and retraining our workers for knowledge based jobs. Michigan’s goal should be simple: preserve Michigan jobs and put Michigan residents back to work."


  • Excerpt:"Educational excellence is the key to a better economy and a better Michigan-at-large. The job market has evolved, and it has become increasingly imperative that our children are educationally prepared for a rapidly changing world. Other states have looked at education reform in a comprehensive way, and it is time that Michigan does the same."


  • Excerpt:"Michigan needs to thrive with safe, walkable neighborhoods for young families to live in. But many Michigan communities are struggling to stay afloat. Right now, municipalities need the proper support and funding to protect the well-being of Michigan citizens at the local level. The State Legislature must play an effective and appropriate role to strengthen the economic health Michigan’s cities, villages and townships."



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hobbs defeated Jenifer Marlene Franklin, Charles Roddis and Howard Worthy in the Democratic primary on August 7. The general election is November 6.[2][3]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 35 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRudy Hobbs Incumbent 57.3% 7,405
Jenifer Marlene Franklin 28.6% 3,693
Howard Worthy 9.2% 1,193
Charles Roddis 4.9% 630
Total Votes 12,921


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hobbs won election to the District 36 Seat in 2010. He defeated Eric Coleman in the August 3 Democratic primary. He defeated Michael Weinenger (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 35 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rudy Hobbs (D) 28,279
Michael Weinenger (R) 3,932
Franklin Harden (G) 405

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Campaign donors


In 2010, Hobbs raised $69,135 in contributions. [4]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Auto Workers $5,000
Michigan Education Association $2,000

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hobbs has been appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hobbs served on these committees:

  • Tax Policy
  • Education

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State


Rep. Rudy Hobbs
N799 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: (517) 373-1788


Tea Party Scorecard

The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.[5]

January 2011 - March 2012

Rudy Hobbs received a 12% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[5]


Hobbs and his wife Dedra have three children.

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