Biography

Rep. Cindy Ryu is serving her 6th term in the Washington State House of Representatives. 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, and helped improve numerous public parks, build its first City Hall and create Shoreline’s Green Business Program. Rep. Ryu is a 51-year resident of Washington state and lived previously in South Korea, Brunei and the Philippines. She received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Washington. She is also Chair of Women in Government, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization of women state legislators.

Rep. Ryu chairs the Community & Economic Development Committee, with jurisdiction over community development; community investment programs; and underrepresented communities.  The committee also considers issues relating to economic development and economic resiliency, including small business assistance; business financing; international trade; tourism; parks and recreation; telecommunications; and broadband; as well as emergency preparedness, response, and resiliency.

She also serves on Appropriations and Consumer Protection & Business committees, is a Washington Tourism Marketing Authority Board Member, and Pacific Northwest Economic Region Delegate Council Alternate.

Rep. Ryu advocates for small business owners, public schools, public transportation, environmental and consumer protection, affordable housing, homeownership and public safety. She welcomes ideas for implementable solutions to make Washington state a better place for us to live, work, conduct business, and raise our families.