About Reuven

Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-36

Sen. Reuven Carlyle represents Washington’s 36th Legislative District (including the Northwest Seattle neighborhoods of South Lake Union, Belltown, Ballard, Queen Anne, Greenwood and Magnolia) in the State Senate. The district is home to the iconic Space Needle as well as the global headquarters of Amazon, Expedia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH and other organizations.

Reuven served in the state House of Representatives from 2009-2016 before being elected to the Senate. A passionate advocate for data-driven solutions, he served as chair of the House Finance Committee and as a budget writer, and passed sweeping legislation ensuring open transparency of the value of tax preferences.

He now chairs the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology (EET) Committee and serves on the Senate Ways & Means and Rules committees. As EET chair, he was lead sponsor of the historic Washington Clean Transformation Act, moving the state’s electric utilities completely off coal by 2025 and to 100-percent clean and renewable energy by 2045. The bill was the centerpiece of a comprehensive carbon emission reduction package that Reuven partnered with Gov. Jay Inslee to craft and which puts Washington on track to meet Paris climate agreement goals.

In the absence of federal leadership, Reuven has led recent efforts to enact state-level consumer privacy protection measures based on global standards to strengthen consumer access and control over personal data held by companies and the government, as well as net neutrality. He also is a long-time champion of removing the death penalty from Washington law.

Governing Magazine previously named Reuven “one of 12 legislators to watch” and he has been a leading voice in the Legislature for meaningful tax transparency and accountability, responsible gun safety laws, higher education, foster youth, bold environmental and energy strategies, and more.

Prior to Reuven’s election to the state House, Gov. Chris Gregoire in 2004 appointed him to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. In 2007, as a citizen activist, he crafted legislation that was enacted as the Passport to College Promise, a scholarship program for foster youth. He also was a citizen co-founder of the Seattle/King County Chapter of City Year, a national AmeriCorps program.

Professionally, Reuven is a serial entrepreneur providing strategic business development services to bring advanced solutions to highly competitive global markets. He has held senior business development, board of director and advisory roles for McCaw Cellular Communications, AT&T Wireless, Xypoint Corp., AirSage, Twisted Pair Solutions, Synapse Product Development and other firms.

Reuven grew up in Bellingham and his interest in government developed while he served as a teenage page in Congress. He served as a page for two years in the U.S. Senate for Senators Warren Magnuson and Henry “Scoop” Jackson, and one year in the House of Representatives, where he served briefly as personal page to Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr.

He received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Reuven resides in Seattle with his wife Dr. Wendy Carlyle, an anesthesiologist practicing at Swedish Medical Center in Ballard. They have four children: Adi, Liat, Zev and Nava.