Cyrus Habib was elected Washington State’s 16th Lt. Governor in November 2016 at the age of 35. A former legislator, Lt. Governor Habib represented east King County in both the State House of Representatives and the State Senate, where he served as Democratic Whip and a member of the Democratic leadership team.
As Lt. Governor, he is President of the State Senate, serves as acting-Governor whenever Governor Inslee leaves the state and maintains a portfolio of key issues including Economic Development, Trade, and Higher Education.
A three-time cancer survivor, Lt. 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 the first and only Iranian-American official to hold statewide elected office in the United States. He is the youngest presiding officer in the country and has been recognized as a political rising star by multiple publications including the Washington Post and Governing Magazine.
Lt. Governor Habib is a graduate of Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School. After receiving his law degree, he returned to Washington 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. Since 2013 he has served as Professor and Distinguished Lawmaker in Residence at Seattle University Law School. Lt. Governor Habib is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.