The child of Yemeni immigrants, Abraham was born and raised in Michigan where he grew up in a middle class family in Hamtramck. His father, an auto worker, and his mother, a homemaker, raised 8 kids there. Together they built a family that embodies the American dream. As a youth leader, Abraham led many initiatives with the Generation with Promise and Safe Routes to School - helping make Hamtramck schools healthier and more accessible.
At 18, Abraham was appointed to the Hamtramck Recycling Commission, where he served as one of the youngest members of any city commission. There, he spearheaded a program to bring recycling into Hamtramck schools and worked to expand access and information to immigrant communities about the city recycling services.
He went on to Michigan State University, where he studied pre-medical sciences, political theory and constitutional democracy. He served as member of the Student Senate and co-founded a nonprofit that works to tackle issues of literacy and lack of education equity in low socio-economic status communities. Abraham also led the initiative for the first ever expansion of the council of racial, ethnic and progressive students for more representation of marginalized groups.
In 2016, Abraham founded the Halimah Project, an organization that mentors refugee children in the Lansing area to provide educational, moral, and emotional support. Abraham served on the staff of Representative Rose Mary Robinson. He worked to engage the community to fight back against US Ecology from expanding a toxic waste site on the Hamtramck-Detroit border.
Abraham will bring his energetic, passionate leadership to work on behalf of the people of District 2. He believes that the only special interest in Lansing should be the people, and he’ll fight like hell to make sure that happens.
Michigan and District 2 needs a leader that will fight for single payer healthcare, universal family care, women’s rights, equitable education, unionized jobs, a $15 minimum wage, clean water, affordable housing and insurance reform.
Everyday, Michigan falls further and further behind because of our failed education policies. As your State Senator, Abraham will fight to increase funding and protect public schools. Children and teachers will be the #1 priority, not Devos and for-profit charter schools.
Michigan should be the leader in clean water access, green energy, and sustainable practices. In the State Senate, Abe will ensure that we will hold our government accountable to protect our land, water, air, and lungs.
Working people are the backbone of our state. Abe is proud to #FightFor15, and will fight to ensure we achieve a higher minimum wage. He will seek to reverse anti-union laws and will take action to unrig the system that has typically favored corporations. And Abraham will fight to make sure women get equal pay for equal work and that we invest in people to create an innovative economy.
Communities of color, LGBTQ+ communities, immigrants, and women need leadership that will fight for a more just Michigan. Abraham's life work has been to fight for equity for those in marginalized communities, and in the State Senate he will continue that work.
The Second District is diverse. It has a rich community with many people across different racial, religious, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. We need leadership that has a record of sharing our similarities, and celebrating our differences. Abraham is that leader.