Rudy Hobbs

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Rudy Hobbs
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Michigan, District 14
Current office
Michigan House of Representatives, District 35
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Minority Floor Leader, Michigan House of Representatives
January 2013 - May 2013
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 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 District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Hobbs served as the Minority Floor Leader from January to May 2013; he left the position in order to focus on running for the U.S. House.[1][2]

Hobbs ran for election to Michigan's 14th Congressional District in 2014. He announced his candidacy in May 2013.[3]

Hobbs was elected to the Southfield School Board in 2004 and served for four years. He worked for Governor Jennifer Granholm's administration as a policy adviser to Lieutenant Governor John Cherry, concentrating on statewide educational and economic reform. Hobbs also served as the District Director for U.S. Congressman Sander Levin.


Hobbs earned his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and his master’s degree in Education Administration from Michigan State University. His professional experience includes working as a teacher.

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


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hobbs served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2011
Tax Policy


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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2009
Tax Policy


Campaign themes


Hobbs' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

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."

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See also: Michigan's 14th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hobbs ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 14th District. Hobbs was defeated by Brenda Lawrence in the Democratic primary on August 5, 2014.

U.S. House, Michigan District 14 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Hansen Clarke 30.9% 22,866
Burgess Foster 1.1% 831
Rudy Hobbs 32.4% 23,996
Brenda Lawrence 35.6% 26,387
Total Votes 74,080
Source: Michigan Secretary of State


Hobbs was endorsed by Representative Sander Levin. Levin said, "When elected to the U.S. House, Rudy will be a powerful advocate and a tireless fighter for the residents throughout the 14th District in Detroit and Oakland County. I look forward to actively supporting his campaign."[5]

Hobbs also received an endorsement from former Governor Jennifer Granholm in the Democratic primary. She wrote to supporters, "Rudy is exactly the right person to represent this diverse district. Nowhere will you find a candidate with the breadth of experience, passion, dedication and deep roots that Rudy has."[6]

California's 31st Congressional District Contested Primary - Democratic candidates
Endorsement/Contribution Rudy Hobbs Brenda Lawrence Hansen Clarke Burgess Foster
MI Rep. Sander Levin May 22, 2013
EMILY's List February 13, 2014
National Organization for Women July 23, 2014
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan July 31, 2014


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.[7][8]

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.[9][10]

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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hobbs is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hobbs raised a total of $130,057 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 1, 2013.[11]

Rudy Hobbs's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 35 Won $60,922
2010 Michigan State House, District 35 Won $69,135
Grand Total Raised $130,057


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hobbs' reports.


Hobbs won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hobbs raised a total of $60,922.


Hobbs won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Hobbs raised a total of $69,135.


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.[16]

January 2011 - March 2012

Rudy Hobbs received a 12% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[16]


Hobbs and his wife, Dedra, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vincent Gregory (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 34
Succeeded by