Cindy Ryu

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Cindy Ryu
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Washington House Of Representatives 32a
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 4
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
Date of birth11/14/1957
Place of birthSeoul, Korea
Office website
Campaign website
Cindy Ryu is a Democratic member of the Washington State 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 BS in microbiology and an MBA 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, 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.[2][3]

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 State 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.[4]

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]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, when Rye first won election to the House, she collected $97,761 in donations.[6]

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


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. [7]


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.[8]


Ryu and her husband, Cody, have three children.

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