Gov. Granholm endorses Rudy Hobbs in the race for Michigan’s 14th Congressional District

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Former Governor Jennifer Granholm endorses Rudy Hobbs in the race for Michigan’s 14th Congressional District 

DETROIT, MI (September 10, 2013) – Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm today announced her endorsement of Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield) in the race for Michigan’s 14th District Congressional seat. 

Granholm, a “Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame” inductee, served as attorney general from 1998 to 2002 and two-terms as governor from 2003-2011. While in office, she focused heavily on creating jobs and diversifying Michigan’s struggling  economy by adding new, knowledge-based sectors, such as clean energy, to the state’s economic portfolio.  In addition to diversification, Granholm focused on attracting international investment, improving education, and training Michigan’s workers to promote the state’s long-term economic health.

She spearheaded projects such as “No Worker Left Behind” and the “Cool Cities Initiative,” which sought to provide relief for Michigan’s working families, and also was a champion of reinvigorating many of the state’s urban centers.

“As governor, I tapped Rudy to advise my office on a number of policy initiatives, including matters of education and economic development initiatives in Michigan’s urban cores,” said Granholm. “The people of Michigan’s 14th Congressional District would be fortunate to have Rudy, a person who is willing to tackle the tough issues facing our region, state, and nation.”

“Nowhere will you find a candidate who is more passionate, dedicated and deeply rooted in the community as he is.”

Hobbs officially launched his candidacy in May and has been building momentum and support throughout the district ever since. He has effectively established himself as the early-on favorite and hard to beat for newcomers.

Governor Granholm joins a list of Hobbs’ supporters including former Lieutenant Governor John Cherry, veteran Congressman Sander Levin, the Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers PAC and the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 951.

“I am humbled to receive the endorsement of an historic figure such as Governor Jennifer Granholm,” said Hobbs. “Her stalwart leadership as Michigan’s first woman governor allowed our state to traverse some of the most troubled economic waters of our times, provided an innovative vision for our classrooms, factories and cities and allowed me the opportunity to impact our communities and families in a way I was never able to before.”

“I thank Governor Granholm for her service and continued support, and pledge to keep up these critical fights for our kids, families and neighborhoods in our nation’s Capitol.”

About Rudy Hobbs:
Rudy Hobbs is a rising star in Michigan politics. In his second term in the Michigan Legislature, Rudy was twice elected by his colleagues to leadership positions and served as the House Democratic Floor Leader, the second ranking Democrat in the caucus. In 2003, Rudy joined the district staff of U.S. Congressman Sander Levin, ultimately working his way to be appointed Sandy’s Michigan office director. In 2004, Rudy served as the Democratic Coordinated Campaign Director in Southfield, then sought and won a seat on the Southfield School Board that same year. Making a name for himself in the areas of education and urban economic reform, in 2006, Rudy was tapped by former Governor Jennifer Granholm to advise Lt. Governor John Cherry on those issues. He returned to Levin’s office in 2008 as his Michigan District Director. In 2010, he ran against an odds-on favorite for a house seat in the 35th District, and was elected to represent Southfield, Lathrup Village, Oak Park and Royal Oak Township. In 2012, Rudy was re-elected and received 43,933 votes, more than any other state representative elected to the Michigan Legislature that year. In the legislature, he has served on the Tax Policy and Education Committee and currently serves as Democratic Vice-Chair of Government Operations and on the Energy and Technology Committee.