When things do not go my way, I often seek inspiration. Today I did not have to look further than my computer screen.
Cyrus Habib is a true inspiration.
He represents District 48 of the Washington State House of Representatives. He is a lawyer with the Seattle firm of Perkins Coie, specializing in high-tech start-ups.
Habib, 33, the first Iranian American to hold an elected state office in the United States, and he is blind.
He grew up in Bellevue and attended Bellevue public schools near Seattle. At age 8, he lost his eyesight to cancer, but did not relent. He is a graduate of Columbia University, attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Yale University, where he was the editor of the law review.
Cyrus has served on the Bellevue Human Services Commission and on the King County Civil Rights Commission. An advocate for the disabled, he has testified before Congress on the need to redesign paper currency to enable the visually impaired to distinguish among different denominations.
He also is a trustee of the Bellevue College Foundation, which raises money for scholarships for students with financial need, and a member of the board of the Bellevue Downtown Association.
Habib was named a “guiding light” and one of the “most influential people of 2013” by Seattle magazine and was recognized as one of the “12 state legislators to watch in 2014” by Governing magazine. The list of things this man does is so long, click here to see more of what he does.
Cyrus lives in Kirkland. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing jazz piano.
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