Yahya Yuksel, J.D. LL.M.
A Life Dedicated to Public Service.
Yahya is a lifelong Democrat, running for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s 2nd District. Yahya is an international attorney, born and raised in CD2. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in business marketing and a Juris Doctorate in law, and a Masters in Chinese law from China’s top University.
Yahya is not new to politics. When he was just 14 years old, he and his friend co-founded TeenDemocrats, organizing youth groups to campaign for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid. Following Kerry’s defeat, Yahya and his friends continued pushing the youth agenda, including the establishment of a Teen Court in his high school and volunteering at soup kitchens. After high school, Yahya interned for Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, in that time he had the opportunity to hear the many voices of CD2 constituents regarding an array of issues and challenges. Afterward, he served as the youngest Chairman of the City of Tucson Human Relations Commission, promoting and funding social diversity and non-profit initiatives in the Tucson community, and served as the Co-Chair for Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich’s successful 2009 re-election campaign.
Yahya became the first UofA law student approved to complete an international dual degree program in coordination with Tsinghua University in Beijing. Upon graduation, he was offered an opportunity to become the first American to work in a local Chinese Ministry of Commerce as a licensed Foreign Expert on International Investment. Yahya had unique access to the inner workings of Chinese investment strategies and government processes for the Pearl River Delta region of South China. After serving his term, he accepted a position with an American investment consulting firm, traveling across Asia promoting cross-border investment. During his time abroad, Yahya coordinated development projects with international organizations, Ministers of State, and high net worth individuals to promote the rule of law and internationalization of investment infrastructure.
Yahya has a passion for service to humanity. He wants to use his education along with his local and international experience to better our communities and the Nation.