Candidate Washington State Senate District 48
Cyrus Habib is a candidate for the 48th Legislative District in the Washington State Senate. Habib was first elected to Washington State House of Representatives 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.
His campaign for the 48th Senate District was endorsed by a bipartisan list of local, regional, state and federal leaders, including U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. The Seattle Times, the largest daily newspaper in Washington state, called Habib the best candidate to fill the vacant Senate seat. Though a freshman legislator, the Washington Post selected Habib as one of the top 40 political rising stars who are under 40 years old in the country.If successful, Habib would become the first Iranian American elected to a State Legislature.
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