Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib was elected to serve Washington state as its 16th Lieutenant Governor in November 2016, becoming the state’s first Chief Opportunity Officer. In this capacity, Habib works daily for all Washingtonians, striving to expand access to opportunity and create a more prosperous Washington for all.
The position of Lieutenant Governor is unlike any other in Washington state government because its duties fall both within the Executive and Legislative branches. Per the state’s Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor becomes the Acting Governor whenever the Governor leaves the state or is otherwise unable to serve. As Lieutenant Governor, Habib also presides over the State Senate, and, as such, is the lead parliamentarian of that body and helps determine which legislation advances to the Senate floor for debate.