About Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib
Lieutenant Governor Cyrus 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 where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal. He 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, 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. While in the Legislature, Lieutenant Governor Habib fought for innovative policy solutions to help small businesses gain access to capital, authored legislation that expanded paid sick leave, and increased access to government for Washington residents by allowing for the submission of prerecorded remote testimony on legislation.
In his role as Lieutenant Governor, Habib presides over the State Senate, serves as acting-Governor when the Governor is out of the state, and maintains a portfolio of issues including Veteran and Disability Employment, Access to Higher Education and Creating a College-Going Culture, and Economic Development, Trade, and International Relations.
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. He’s been recognized as a political rising star by multiple publications including the Washington Post and Governing Magazine.
Lieutenant Governor Habib serves on the boards of a number of civic and nonprofit organizations, including the historic 5th Avenue Theatre. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since 2013 Lieutenant Governor Habib has served as a Professor and Distinguished Lawmaker in Residence at Seattle University Law School and teaches courses on legislative procedure and intellectual property. A practicing Catholic, Lieutenant Governor Habib attends St. James Cathedral in Seattle.