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Biography

Rep. Cindy Ryu represents the 137,000 citizens of the 32nd Legislative District, which includes NW Seattle, Shoreline, south Edmonds, Woodway, west Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood.

She is a 47-year resident of Washington State and lived previously in South Korea, Brunei, and the Philippines. A proud Husky, she has a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and an MBA in operations management from the University of Washington.

Ryu is serving her 4th term in the Washington State House.  While a Shoreline City Councilmember, she served as Mayor, becoming the first Korean American woman mayor in America. In Shoreline, she served as president of both the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and its Dollars For Scholars Chapter. She helped create Shoreline’s Green Business Program.

In the House of Representatives, Ryu chairs the Community Development, Housing &Tribal Affairs Committee, with jurisdiction over Tourism, Veterans, and Community Resilience and Emergency Preparedness. Ryu also chairs the Members of Color Caucus and serves on Commerce & Gaming and Capital Budget committees.

Ryu is a strong advocate for the small business owner, public schools, public transportation, environmental and consumer protection and public safety. She seeks increased access to affordabole housing and home ownership and welcomes ideas for implementable solutions to make Washington a better place for us to live, work, and raise our families.

Over the years, she prime-sponsored bills and amendments that protect consumers, increase police accountability and protect our privacy, encourage economic revitalization, reform insurance and credit union laws, strengthen our human trafficking laws to discourage the modern version of slavery, allow air rescue and evacuation services and small business partnerships, and increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety with her 20-mph Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill.

News

  • Kagi and Ryu: $4 billion construction budget means jobs and opportunity | - January 22, 2018
    OLYMPIA—Reps. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) and Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline) said the passage of the state’s construction budget will create tens of thousands of jobs to build schools, colleges, affordable housing and mental health facilities. “Our state’s population is booming along with the... READ MORE
  • Ryu legislation aimed at creating more affordable housing near transit hubs | News - January 15, 2018
    OLYMPIA—How can we tackle Washington state’s housing shortage and affordability crisis? Legislation by Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline) is designed to help by spurring greater housing density near transit stations in Washington’s urban centers. “People are flocking to our cities for... READ MORE
  • Reps. Kagi and Ryu respond to major fire at Fircrest facility | News - July 20, 2017
    Reps. Kagi and Ryu respond to major fire at Fircrest facility Statement by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32nd District) “This morning there was a substantial fire at Fircrest. Fircrest is a vital part of our community and performs critical work taking... READ MORE
  • Reps. Kagi and Ryu to Senate Republicans: Stop stalling on school construction, local projects | News - June 30, 2017
    OLYMPIA—A possible state government shutdown has dominated the news for months. Now that a budget deal is in sight before July 1, there’s a different state budget that may not pass. “The construction budget hasn’t gotten much attention,” said Rep.... READ MORE
  • House and Senate pass Ryu legislation to help truckers | News - April 17, 2017
    OLYMPIA–The House concurred with Senate amendments to a bill which will make it easier for truckers and the businesses who rely upon them. House Bill 1273 will align Washington’s state statute with federal standards. These standards recently changed and federal rules... READ MORE
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    Olympia Address:
    John L. O’Brien 325
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7880

    District office:
    18560 1st Ave NE
    Suite E807
    Shoreline, WA 98155

    (206) 466-5741

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