Washington’s new team of statewide elected leaders will be sworn in next year. That includes five individuals who are new to their roles, since there were several open seats this year.

KING 5 sat down with newly elected Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib who makes the first Iranian-American elected statewide in the nation. He’s also the youngest statewide elected official, this year, at 35. Habib, who served in the state senate prior to running for statewide office, lost his vision to cancer as a child.

Roles of the Lt. Governor’s office include acting governor when the governor is absent, president of the state senate, chair of the legislative committee on economic development and international relations.

Topics covered in interview:

  • First Iranian-American elected to office statewide
  • Role as president of the state senate
  • McCleary and education funding
  • Economic development goals
  • Rural economic development
  • Personal goals for the office