Candidate Washington State Lt. Governor
Washington State Senator Cyrus Habib is a candidate for Washington State Lieutenant Governor. Habib was first elected to Washington State Legislature in 2012 and is the highest ranking Iranian American to serve in elected office.
Habib is a technology lawyer and community volunteer. He grew up in Bellevue, Washington and is a proud product of its public schools. Having lost his eyesight at age 8 to a rare form of cancer, he learned early on the importance of equal opportunity, hard work, and a quality education.
After winning a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford, Habib attended Yale Law School where he served as editor of the law review. He returned to Washington following his graduation, and works at the Seattle-based law firm of Perkins Coie, where he assists startup technology firms with their early-stage legal needs.
Habib’s campaign for Lt. Governor was endorsed by a bipartisan list of local, regional, state and federal leaders, including President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
In 2014, Habib was named one of the “40 Under 40 Political Rising Stars” by the Washington Post. He was also named one of “12 State Legislators to Watch” by Governing Magazine. Habib recently served on the 2016 Democratic National Convention Platform Committee.
Prev. Public Service: Human Services Commissioner, Bellevue, WA
Prev. Political Exp.: Washington State House of Representatives 48th Legislative District
Education: BA Oxford; JD Yale School of Law