Rudy Hobbs

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Rudy Hobbs
Michigan House of Representatives District 35
In office
January 1, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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 District 35 since January 1, 2011. He currently serves as the Minority Floor Leader.

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."

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hobbs served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Energy and Technology
Government Operations, Vice-chair



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hobbs won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 35. He defeated Jenifer Marlene Franklin, Charles Roddis and Howard Worthy in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Timothy C. Sulowski (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRudy Hobbs Incumbent 83% 43,993
     Republican Timothy Sulowski 17% 8,989
Total Votes 52,982

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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


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 served on 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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Preceded by
Vincent Gregory (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 34
Succeeded by