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Lieutenant Governor of Washington

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Lieutenant Governor of Washington

FormationNovember 11, 1889
Inaugural holderCharles E. Laughton
Salary$117,300 (2020)
StyleThe Honorable
SuccessionFirst
Term length4 years
Twitter@waltgov
Websitewww.ltgov.wa.gov

Outgoing Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib is on unpaid leave attending Jesuit training in California and does not plan to return to his office before his term is up in January, according to his office and the Office of Gov. Jay Inslee. In a statement Tuesday to Northwest News Network and Associated Press, executive director of the Lieutenant Governor's Office, Kristina Brown, said Habib, Democrat, began his leave on Sept. 1 and notified both Inslee and Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig at that time. While he is still serving as Lt. Governor and is in no way setting aside his statutory or constitutional responsibilities, He feels that foregoing his compensation during these months is the right thing to do because of the budgetary crisis that the State is in, Brown wrote in an email. Brown's statement goes on to say: public has experience and will continue to experience no interruption in the Services Office. If the Governor were to somehow become incapacitated, yes, would be available to handle the situation. The Lieutenant Governor is first in line to replace the Governor in the event he is incapacitated and also fills in for Governor if Inslee is out of State. However, in a letter to Inslee dated Aug. 14, and provided to news outlets by Inslee's Office, Habib said he plans to remain in California through the end of his term in January as part of my transition into Society of Jesus. The letter seems to suggest he would not be available to step in if the Governor travels outside the State. Should my office receive a travel - orient Acting Governor request after September 1, regular protocol will apply and the role of Governor will revert to you, as it would any other time when both Governor and Lt. Governor is out of State, letter say. Inslee's Office confirmed Tuesday that if both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are out of State, Governor himself will remain in charge. In the event the Governor is incapacitate and the Lieutenant Governor's Office is vacant, Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman is second in line to take the Governor's place. It was not immediately clear if Habib would leave his Jesuit training and return to Washington in event Inslee became incapacitated. But in email, Brown, Lieutenant Governor's executive director, emphasized that Lt. The Governor's Office continues to be filled by Lt. Governor Habib. Currently, Inslee is running for reelection and not traveling out of state, as he did routinely last year while running for President. However, question of chief executive succession has taken on new relevancy in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the recent hospitalization of President Donald Trump, who contracted COVID - 19. Previously, Habib announced he was not running for reelection and planned to join the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church with the ultimate goal of becoming a priest. Habib's office says he is currently training as a member of Novitiate.

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About Cyrus Habib

Cyrus Habib was elected Lieutenant Governor of Washington State in November 2016 at the age of 35. He had previously been elected to the State House of Representatives in 2012 and the State Senate in 2014, where he was Democratic Whip and member of the Democratic leadership team. As Lt. Governor, he is President of the State Senate, serves as Acting Governor whenever Governor Inslee leaves the State, and oversees agency whose key issues include economic development, trade, and higher education. Since early 2019, he has served as co - chair of the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association. Three - time cancer survivor, Lt. Governor Habib has been fully blind since age eight. His parents immigrated to the US from Iran before he was born, and he is the first and only Iranian - American to hold statewide elected office in the United States. He is a graduate of Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School, where he was Editor of Yale Law Journal. Lt. Governor Habib practices Law at Perkins Coie, and serves as Distinguished Lawmaker in Residence at Seattle University Law School. He is a Truman Scholar, Soros Fellow, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rodel Fellow at Aspen Institute, and has been named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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WA State Republican Lieutenant Governor

The Official seal of the Office of Lieutenant Governor was created circa 1959 by Secretary of the Senate Ward Bowden under then Lieutenant Governor John. Cherberg. Seal was created to mirror aspects of regional interest that embody traditions and culture of Washington State. It reflects the high caliber of public service performed by the Lieutenant Governor, who also serves as President of the Senate. Seal is represented by official State symbols of Goldfinch, chosen in 1951 by schoolchildren; Rhododendron, voted on by Washington Women prior to universal suffrage in 1892; and twin gavels of the State legislature, representing the bipartisan spirit of lawmaking, all enclose in circle. At the center is the State Capitol building in Olympia, one of the tallest masonry domes in the world. Two Western Hemlocks, State tree since 1947, flank seal outer edges. The Lieutenant Governor of Washington is President of the Senate, and serves the State as acting Governor in the absence of Governor. The Lieutenant Governor, first in line of ascension, is elected to a four - year term, which coincides with the terms of the President of the United States. Since the beginning of Washington's statehood, 15 officials have served in the Office of Lieutenant Governor. Three have ascended on the death of the elected Governor. Before Washington became a State on November 11 1889, ten men served as Territorial Secretary of State and held responsibility for acting in the absence of an elected Governor, but do not have the right of ascension. Born in Tacoma on May 23 1950, Owen served four years as Finance Commissioner for the City of Shelton, six years in the House of Representatives and fourteen years in the Washington State Senate, prior to his 1996 election to the office of Lieutenant Governor. Lt. Gov. Owen has dedicated his term of service to providing leadership in the field of public health and safety, with emphasis on substance abuse and prevention. He is chair of Washington State Mentors, as well as chair of the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations, and serves on the advisory board for the Drug Free America Foundation. Born in Seattle on May 5 1925, Pritchard was State Representative for eight years and State Senator for four years. He served 12 years in the US House of Representatives and was US Delegate to the General Assembly, United Nations. Pritchard was also President of a Seattle envelope manufacturing company. Born in Pensacola, Florida on October 17 1910, Cherberg was a teacher, football coach and television executive in Washington State before his election. He retire after serving eight consecutive terms, 32 years, longest tenure as Lieutenant Governor of any State in history. Cherberg was a resident of Seattle. Born in Tacoma on January 17 1890, Anderson was a printer before his election. Active in civic and fraternal affairs, he was the Past Exalted Ruler of Elks in his hometown of Tacoma.

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Write-in Lieutenant Governor Washington

A Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Governor in the Primary is setting his sights lower for the General Election. Joshua Freed, former mayor of Bothell, announced Thursday he will run for Lieutenant Governor as a write - in candidate. Freeds decision gives State GOP faint hope of capturing seat after it was shut out of the race earlier this month. US Rep. Denny Heck and State Sen. Marko Liias, both Democrats, finished first and second in the top two Primary, qualifying them for the November election ballot. Race had 11 candidates, and none of five who listed themselves as Republicans was able to get enough votes to advance to the General Election. Freed was in even more - crowded governors race with 36 candidates. Incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee, Democrat, got 50% of those votes, with Republic Police Chief Loren Culp, Republican, finishing second with about 17. 5%. Freed finished third, with about 9% of the vote. Freed did finish first in any County, but he finished second to Inslee in King County and second to Culp in Lincoln County. State law does allow candidates eliminated in the Primary to run as Write - ins in the General Election. But it doesnt prevent candidates eliminated in the race for one office from running as a Write - in candidate for another office. Candidates have occasionally mounted successful Write - in campaigns in Primary then won in the General Election when their names were on the ballot. Spokane Republican Rob Chase did that in 2010 for Spokane County treasurer and Republican Linda Smith did it in 1994 for southwest Washington 3 Congressional District. But no candidate in Washington has run a successful Write - in Campaign for statewide office in the General Election.

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Elections

Washington state is a hotbed for high - tech and export industries, disproportionately populated by affluent, well - educate, and culturally liberal residents, at least in the Seattle metropolitan area, which accounts for more than half the state's population. As such, it embodies a key wing of the modern Democratic Party, and in 2016, Washington was the rare state in which Hillary Clinton expanded on Barack Obama's 2012 margin of victory, though only modestly. Off in the far northwest corner of the continental United States, Washington likes to think of itself as a national trendsetter and model for the rest of the nation. As headquarters of Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon, Washington has been on the cutting edge of innovation for the past two decades. An unusual environment and human creativity combine to produce these achievements. Seattle's cold, misty air and 225 overcast days a year stimulate the appetite for strong, aromatic coffee, and torn blue jeans and flannel shirts. See also: Presidential voting trends in Washington Washington voted for the Democratic candidate in all five Presidential elections between 2000 and 2016. Ballotpedia identified 206 counties that voted for Donald Trump in 2016 after voting for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Collectively, Trump won these Pivot Counties by more than 580 000 votes. Of these 206 counties, five are located in Washington, accounting for 2. 43 percent of total Pivot Counties.

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