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Cindy Ryu (2013)
|Member of the Washington House of Representatives|
from the 32nd district
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Maralyn Chase|
|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. She was the first Korean American female to be a mayor in the United States.
Early life, education and career
Cindy is a 50-year resident of Washington State and lived previously in South Korea, Brunei, and the Philippines. She has 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 United States. Cindy was president of both the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and its Dollars For Scholars Chapter. She helped create Shoreline's Green Business Program.
Cindy was first elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 2010, and was reelected in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018. Cindy is the chair of the Housing, Community Development & Veterans Committee. She also chairs the Overseas Korean Politicians Council and is Vice Chair of Women In Government, a national organization of women state legislators.
Over the years, Cindy 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. Her bill with bipartisan support allowed legally present foreign nationals to obtain and retain their commercial drivers' licenses, to keep commerce moving. Another reinstated exemption of martial arts instructions from sales tax. In the 2019 Session, Cindy's bill on short-term rentals leveled the playing field for local hotels and motels; her multi-year work on several manufactured housing/mobile home issues was successfully adopted; and with another bill, military families received relief from housing leases when the service member received orders to move.
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