Cyrus Habib is proud to serve the people of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and the Points Communities in the Washington State Senate. In the Senate, Cyrus is a member of the Democratic leadership team, serving as Democratic Whip, which makes him one of the top ranked Democrats in the Legislature. The Washington Post has named him one of the top 40 politicians in the U.S. under the age of 40, and Governing Magazine has listed him as one of 12 legislators to watch nationally because of his ability to work collaboratively to get things done.
Cyrus grew up and attended public school in the Seattle area, the son of a Boeing engineer and a lawyer who would go on to become a Superior Court Judge. His parents were born in Iran, and came to the United States before Cyrus was born in search of political freedom and economic opportunity.
Cyrus lost his eyesight to cancer at age 8, but thanks to well-funded and quality public schools, state-provided support services, and break-through new technologies, he was able to work hard and obtain a B.A. from Columbia, a Master’s degree from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and a law degree from Yale.
Cyrus returned to Bellevue to practice law at Perkins Coie, where he advised startup companies and small businesses, helping them to grow, create jobs, and obtain needed financing. Cyrus also began teaching law at Seattle University, specializing in courses related to technology and public policy.
Cyrus is a regular parishioner at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, and serves on a number of boards in the region, including the 5th Avenue Theatre, the Bellevue College Foundation, and the Bellevue Downtown Association.
In both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Cyrus has been a champion for fully funding our public schools, reducing college tuition, investing in a transportation system that addresses the tremendous need for transit, basic protections for working families, acting urgently to address climate change and a more open and accountable state government.
Cyrus is the prime sponsor of legislation in the State Senate to guarantee paid sick leave for nearly all Washington workers. He is also the prime sponsor in the State Senate of the Washington Voting Rights Act, which will ensure that cities and counties are prevented from using racially polarized voting systems. He has also introduced a bill that would allow people to submit legislative testimony from their phone or computer, rather than having to go all the way to Olympia to express their views on pending legislation. He authored legislative language acknowledging that climate change is real and that human activity is a significant factor in its acceleration.
He authored the Washington Jobs Act of 2014, which allowed investor crowdfunding for the first time in Washington, so that entrepreneurs and small businesses can more easily obtain access to capital. He has also authored legislation protecting bridge toll payers from wrongful and excessive charges, and legislation allowing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate and be regulated throughout Washington State.
As a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, Cyrus played a critical role in the passage of a landmark transportation investment package that completes the SR 520 bridge replacement and the North Spokane Corridor, funds extensions of SR 167 and 509, adds new lanes to I-405, and authorizes the next generation of light rail and bus rapid transit in the central Puget Sound region. This was the first investment in transportation infrastructure in a decade, and will reduce congestion, improve safety, and create jobs throughout Washington State.