Rep. Cindy Ryu’s Biography

Elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2012, Cindy represents the citizens of the 32nd Legislative District, which includes NW Seattle, Shoreline, south Edmonds, Woodway, West Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood.

While serving as a Shoreline 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 and helped create Shoreline’s Green Business Program.

Cindy serves as vice chair of the Business and Financial Services Committee, and she is a member of the Transportation Committee, Rules Committee and the Technology and Economic Development Committees.  Additionally she serves on the Joint Transportation Cmte., Joint Oversight Committee on Trade Policy, Legislative Committee on Economic Development & International Relations and Working Families Caucus.

Cindy is a strong advocate for the small business owner, public transportation, environmental and consumer protection and public safety.

In the first three years in office, Cindy prime-sponsored bills that protected consumers, encouraged economic revitalization, insurance reform, allowing air rescue and evacuation services, and small business partnerships.  After receiving nearly unanimous votes in the House for three years, Cindy’s 20-mph Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill HB 1045 received overwhelming majority of the Senate votes in the final minutes of the 2013 Regular Session.

In the 2014 session, her Credit Union Bill allowing simple majority vote of their membership and the companion to her HB 2644 Coercion of Involuntary Servitude (anti-human trafficking) passed both chambers of the Legislature.

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.

Cindy and her husband, Cody, have deep roots in their community. Cindy immigrated to Washington State in 1969 from Korea via Brunei and Manila, growing up in rural Thurston and small town Lewis Counties.  They have lived and worked in, and raised their three children in north King and south Snohomish Counties since 1976.

Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a MBA from the University of Washington.

District Office
18560 First Ave. N.E., E-800
Shoreline, WA 98177
(206) 466-5741

Olympia Office
JLOB 324
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7880
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Toll-free Hotline:
1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

Business and Financial Services Committee (Vice Chair)

Rules Committee

Technology and Economic Development Committee

Transportation Committee

Legislative Appointments
Joint Transportation Cmte.

Joint Legislative Oversight Cmte. on Trade Policy

Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board

Agency Council on Coordinated Transportation

Working Families Caucus