Rep. Cindy Ryu’s 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.

Cindy is a 45-year resident of Washington State and lived previously in South Korea, Brunei, and the Philippines.  She is a proud Husky, with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a MBA in operations management from the University of Washington.

While serving as a Shoreline City Councilmember, Cindy was elected Mayor in 2008, becoming the first female Korean-American mayor in the U.S.A. Cindy was president of both the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and its Dollars For Scholars Chapter.  She helped create Shoreline’s Green Business Program.

Serving her third House term in the Washington State Legislature, Cindy is a Deputy Whip and co-chairs the Members of Color Caucus.  Cindy is Vice-Chair of the Business and Financial Services Committee and is enjoying serving on the Finance and Technology & Economic Development committees.

Cindy is a strong advocate for the small business owner, public transportation, environmental and consumer protection and public safety.  Rep. Ryu seeks increased access to credit building, affordable small consumer loans for the working poor 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.