SEATTLE – Reuven Carlyle was appointed by the King County Council to serve as the Washington state senator for the 36th Legislative District. Following the confirmation of the appointment on Thursday, Carlyle was immediately sworn into office.

“I am honored to accept this appointment,” said Carlyle. “I am fortunate to serve one of the most educated, engaged and progressive legislative districts in our state. I believe we must work to continue to improve the quality of life for all Washingtonians by addressing the serious policy issues holding us back. I have enjoyed representing the people of the 36th as their state representative and look forward to serving them in the Senate.”

Carlyle was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 2008, and served during a time of unprecedented budget deficits brought on by the Great Recession. Despite these challenges, Carlyle earned a reputation as a leader who championed innovative public policies representing the values his constituents and state.

In the House, Carlyle sponsored legislation that improved foster youth programs, provided low cost open textbooks to college students, called for public transparency to the state’s unfair tax code and policies, protected the environment, connected our state’s community and technical colleges with four-year universities, fought for individual civil liberties, and helped craft responsible state budgets that help support our state’s one million public school students.

In the Senate, Carlyle will serve on three committees — Higher Education, Trade & Economic Development, and Transportation.

“I’m very pleased to welcome now Sen. Carlyle,” said Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson. “His knowledge of the issues and passion for public service are well known. He will be a great addition and an asset as we continue to fight for people in our state.”

Carlyle grew up in Bellingham and has a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Carlyle and his wife, Wendy Carlyle, M.D., have four school-age children and are active in Seattle public schools along with numerous community groups in the 36th District and Seattle.