FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2016
CONTACT: Miranda Roberts, (425) 894-1388
BARACK OBAMA ENDORSES STATE SENATOR CYRUS HABIB FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Support Underscores Crucial Nature of This Race
WASHINGTON —Today Barack Obama endorsed State Senator Cyrus Habib in his race for Lieutenant Governor of Washington State:
“Cyrus’s intelligence, track record, and proven commitment to Washington State set him apart. I am pleased to endorse and support his campaign for Lieutenant Governor,” said Barack Obama in a written statement.
This contest has caught national attention due to the historic nature of Habib’s candidacy. Diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer as an infant, Habib has been blind since the age of eight. Overcoming that challenge, he went on to graduate from Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School where he was editor of the Yale Law Journal. The child of immigrant parents, Habib is currently the highest ranking Iranian-American in U.S. politics, and, if elected, would be the first Iranian-American ever to serve in statewide office.
During his four years in the Washington State Legislature, Habib has been a leader on addressing climate change, income inequality, and the educational opportunity gap. In his campaign for Lieutenant Governor, Habib has promoted a platform focused on a pro-growth, progressive agenda, earning bipartisan support for his vision of a more prosperous Washington.
Habib is among a select group of statewide candidates from around the country to be endorsed by the Barack Obama.
“I can’t think of a greater honor,” Habib said. “It was Barack Obama who first inspired me to pursue elected office, and I am thrilled to have his support in this campaign.”