Biography

Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib

About Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib

Lieutenant Governor Habib was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved with his family to Washington state at the age of eight. He grew up in east King County and graduated from the Bellevue International School before attending Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School. Habib is also a Truman Scholar and a Soros Fellow.

After receiving his law degree, Lieutenant Governor Habib returned to Washington state to practice law at Perkins Coie, the region’s largest law firm, where he helped startup technology companies raise venture capital funds and license their software.

Before being elected as Washington state’s 16th Lieutenant Governor in 2016, Cyrus Habib represented east King County in the Washington state Senate, where he served as Democratic Whip and a member of the Democratic leadership team. Prior to that, he served as a member of the state House of Representatives. Passionate about the intersection of law, technology, and economic development, Lieutenant Governor Habib fought for innovative policy solutions to help small businesses gain access to capital, ensure companies like Uber and Lyft could operate in Washington with appropriate safety regulations, and expand access to government for Washington residents by allowing for the submission of prerecorded remote testimony on legislation. He has been recognized by Governing Magazine for his bipartisan approach to government.

A three-time cancer survivor, Lieutenant Governor Habib has been fully blind since age eight. His parents immigrated to the U.S. from Iran before he was born, and he is both the first and only Iranian-American official to hold statewide elected office in the United States. The Washington Post has named him one of the top 40 rising political stars under the age of 40.

Lieutenant Governor Habib serves on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the historic 5th Avenue Theatre. Named Professor and Distinguished Lawmaker in Residence at Seattle University Law School in 2013, Lieutenant Governor Habib currently teaches courses on legislative procedure and intellectual property rights. A practicing Catholic, Lieutenant Governor Habib attends St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington.