With 15 years working in politics and government, Rudy Hobbs brings invaluable experience working and serving in government at all levels.
Rudy began his career as a first-grade teacher in Detroit Public Schools. Seeing firsthand how government and public policy impact our communities, his passion for politics was ignited and compelled him to a career in public service.
He served as Treasurer of the Southfield School Board and a Michigan state representative for the City of Southfield and Lathrup Village. When he was elected as Minority Floor Leader, he became the second highest ranking Democrat and highest ranking African-American in the House.
Prior to joining MLC, Rudy owned and operated RJH Consulting and previously served as Chief of Staff for Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. Throughout his career, Rudy has run several campaigns, served as Congressman Sander Levin’s Michigan Director, as well as Statewide Policy Advisor to Governor Jennifer Granholm and Lieutenant Governor John Cherry.
Rudy has always been an active member of his community. He currently serves on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters and City Year Detroit. Rudy has served on the Board of Directors of several regional education and nonprofit institutions, including Botsford Hospital, Art Institute Authority, Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, Birmingham YMCA, Lathrup Village Community Foundation, Lathrup Village, and the South Oakland County NAACP.
Rudy and his wife Dedra are proud parents of three lovely daughters; Amber, Alexis, and Amyre.
Rudy earned two degrees from Michigan State University – a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Teaching and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration.