Abdul El-Sayed is a doctor, educator, and public servant. He was born in Michigan and grew up in Metro Detroit with his father who immigrated from Egypt, and his stepmother born and raised in Gratiot County. Abdul holds a BS from Michigan, an MD from Columbia, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where he earned a PhD in public health. Abdul became the youngest health official in a major US city when he was appointed to rebuild Detroit's Health Department after it was privatized during the city's bankruptcy.
As Health Commissioner, he oversaw the health and safety of over 670,000 Detroiters. Abdul led efforts to provide glasses for children, keep schools lead-safe, and reduce corporate pollution. Abdul launched his gubernatorial campaign after watching government fail kids in Flint and across the state. Abdul’s policy platform is bold, progressive, and focused on Michigan’s future. Abdul lives in Macomb County with his wife, Sarah, a doctor. He loves coffee, reading, and sports.