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State Sen. Liias endorsed by current Lieutenant Governor

 

Last updated 4/8/2020 at 4:09pm



State Sen. Marko Liias has been endorsed for Lieutenant Governor by current Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib.

“Marko understands the role of Lieutenant Governor better than any other legislator,” Habib said. “As Majority Floor Leader, he has worked very closely with me in my capacity as Senate President to ensure that key progressive legislation makes it to the Governor’s desk. His understanding of parliamentary procedure is second to none.”

Habib announced last month that he is declining to run for reelection so that he can join the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church.

“It has been a privilege to partner with Lt. Governor Habib over the last four years to advance progressive policy in the State Senate,” Liias said in a press release. “Under his dynamic leadership, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor has been an unprecedented engine for positive change in Washington, driving economic development in every corner of the state, advancing trade through international engagement, and breaking down barriers to higher education. I am honored to have his endorsement as I campaign to step into this role to continue building on the important work of creating opportunity for every Washingtonian."

Habib has won a number of awards for his public service in elected office, including the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award from the Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation and The Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Habib is the only Iranian American elected to statewide office in the country and is fully blind, having lost his eyesight to childhood cancer.

Liias has represented Washington State on three different international delegations led by Habib, including at the 2019 Paris Air Show, something Habib highlighted in his endorsement:

“From South Korea to Spain, Marko has shown a unique talent for promoting Washington State exports and attracting business investment, all to fuel our trade-driven economy,” Habib said. “That’s an important part of the Lieutenant Governor’s role, and Marko’s experience makes him a natural fit.”

Habib praised Liias’s leadership on higher education, which is also part of the work of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

“The Legislature has made increasing access to higher education part of my agency’s work, so the next Lieutenant Governor must be ready to play a statewide leadership role on that issue. Marko has authored some of the most important higher education policies in recent years, including the Student Loan Bill of Rights.”

Liias has been endorsed by 12 members of the State Senate.

 

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