Cindy Ryu

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cindy Ryu
Cindy Ryu.jpg
Washington House of Representatives 32a
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington
Master'sUniversity of Washington
Place of birthSeoul, Korea
Office website
Campaign website
Cindy Ryu is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 32a. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Ryu currently serves as Assistant Majority Whip.


Ryu earned both a B.S. in microbiology and an M.B.A. in operations management from the University of Washington. Ryu, along with her husband, owns and manages retail and commercial spaces. She is a former president of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ryu served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Business and Financial Services, Vice-chair
Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ryu served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Ryu's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "As your representative, I will fight to fully fund K-12 education. Our children are our most valuable resource and we need schools that recognize the potential in all students and create pathways to success for each child."

The Economy and Job Creation

  • Excerpt: "I believe that we should not balance the budget on the backs of working families. Washington State's tax burden ranks as one of the most unfair in the entire country: those who struggle the most pay almost one fifth of their entire income in taxes and fees, while the richest 1% pay less than 5 cents of every dollar they earn in taxes."

Protecting Our Environment

  • Excerpt: "As your representative, I will focus on cleaning up Puget Sound by making sure polluters pay their fair share of cleanup costs. I will make sure that stormwater management stays a top priority and support Open Space Restoration and Acquisitions for our District to improve water quality and create places for recreation."

Protecting Our Neighborhoods

  • Excerpt: " I will fight to keep sex offenders and repeat violent offenders off the streets, while making sure that drug diversion programs, a renewed focus on mental health court, and job training are part of our response to nonviolent crime to make sure we aren’t just continuing the cycle of arrest, release, and new offense."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 49 districts (98 seats) in the Washington House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Cindy Ryu (D) was unopposed in the primary. Ryu is unopposed in the general election.[2]


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ryu won election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 32a. Ryu was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Randy Hayden (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 32a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCindy Ryu Incumbent 72.2% 45,276
     Republican Randy Hayden 27.8% 17,429
Total Votes 62,705


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cindy Ryu was elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 32a. She defeated Doris McConnell in the August 17, 2010, primary. She defeated Republican Art Coday in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 32a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Cindy Ryu (D) 33,550
Art Coday (R) 21,314
Washington House of Representatives, District 32a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Cindy Ryu (D) 13,179 42.30%
Green check mark transparent.png Art Coday (R) 11,747 37.71%
Doris McConnell (D) 6,227 19.99%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[5]

Comprehensive donor information for Ryu is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ryu raised a total of $170,811 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[6]

Cindy Ryu's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 32 Won $73,050
2010 Washington State House, District 32 Won $97,761
Grand Total Raised $170,811


Ryu won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ryu raised a total of $73,050.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Cindy Ryu's campaign in 2012
Farmers Insurance Group$1,800
Washington Education Association$1,800
Washington Bankers Association$1,800
Phelps, Robert R$1,800
Washington Indian Gaming Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$73,050
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, when Rye first won election to the House, she collected $97,761 in donations.[7]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Cindy Ryu $17,245
Puget Sound Citizens for Political Responsibility $1,600
Washington Federation of State Employees $1,600
East King County Lawyers for Justice $1,600
Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters $1,600
Washington Education Association $1,600
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 $1,600
Robert Phelps and Elaine Phelps $1,600 each


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Washington

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Arizona scorecards, email suggestions to

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[8]


In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[9]

Missed Votes Report

See also: Washington House of Representatives and Washington State Senate

In March 2014, Washington Votes, the state’s premier legislative information website, released its annual Missed Votes Report, which provides detailed missed roll call votes on bills for every state legislator during the 2014 legislative session.[10] The 2014 regular session included a total of 515 votes in the State House and 396 in the State Senate, as well as 1,372 bills introduced total in the legislature and 237 bills passed. Out of all roll call votes, 90 individual legislators did not miss any votes. 3 individual legislators missed more than 50 votes.[10] Ryu missed 3 votes in a total of 1211 roll calls.

Freedom Foundation

See also: Freedom Foundation's Big Spender List

The Freedom Foundation releases its Big Spender List annually. The Institute ranks all Washington legislators based on their total proposed taxes and fees. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax and fee increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator.[11]


Ryu proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $4.59 billion, the 22nd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.

See also: Washington Freedom Foundation Legislative Scorecard

The Freedom Foundation also issued its 2012 Informed Voter Guide for Washington State voters, including a legislative score card documenting how Washington State legislators voted upon bills the Foundation deemed important legislation. The legislation analyzed covered budget, taxation, and pension issues.[12] A Approveda sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a Defeatedd sign indicates a bill out of step with the Foundation's values. Here's how Ryu voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Cindy Ryu
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda


Ryu and her husband, Cody, have three children.

Recent news

BallotpediaAvatar bigger.png
Know more information about this profile?
Submit a bio

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "Cindy + Ryu + Washington + House"

All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.

Cindy Ryu News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Light Bulb Icon.svg.png
Suggest a link


Political offices
Preceded by
Maralyn Chase (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 32a
Succeeded by