Cindy Ryu

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Cindy Ryu
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Cindy Ryu (2013)
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 32nd district
Assumed office
Preceded by Maralyn Chase
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cody Ryu
Residence Shoreline, Washington
Alma mater University of Washington

Cindy Ryu is an American politician of the Democratic Party. She is a member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing the 32nd district.[1] She is the first Korean American female to be a mayor in the USA.[2] Rep. Ryu is the chair of the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee. She is a co-chair of the Members of Color Caucus.

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 46-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 chairs the House Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs committee which also considers Veterans Affairs and Tourism. Cindy co-chairs the Members of Color Caucus and is chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Trade Policy. She also enjoys serving on Finance and Business & Financial Services Committees.

Cindy is a strong advocate for the small business owner, public schools, 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.

Committees: Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee - Chair │ Members of Color Caucus - Co-Chair │ Business & Financial Services │ Finance │ Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Trade Policy - Chair │ Pacific Northwest Economic Region Delegate Council (Alt.) │ World Korean Political Council - President


  1. ^ "Cindy Ryu". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  2. ^ "History's First Mayors". Retrieved 21 June 2015.