Rep. Cindy Ryu named as chair of the House Community and Economic Development Committee

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Majority Democrats in the Washington House of Representatives voted Thursday during a virtual meeting to finalize committee makeup and elect committee chairs for the 2021-22 biennium.

To better focus their efforts on emergent needs related to the Coronavirus response, and to plan for the inevitable next disaster or emergency, Democrats made substantial changes to the committee structures by creating the House Community and Economic Development Committee.

Rep. Cindy Ryu D-32
Rep. Cindy Ryu
was elected by the caucus to serve as chair of the brand-new committee. The House Community and Economic Development Committee will consider issues relating to community development; community investment programs; and underrepresented communities.

The committee also considers issues relating to economic development and economic resiliency, including small business assistance; business financing; international trade; tourism; parks and recreation; telecommunications; and broadband; as well as emergency preparedness, response, and resiliency.

She has also been named as a member of the Consumer Protection and Business and the Appropriations Committee.
“I look forward to working with my committee colleagues and our constituents across the state to make sure Washington remains the best place to live and work, especially for working families struggling to make it through the pandemic,” said Rep. Ryu.

She previously served as chair of the Housing, Community Development and Veterans Committee.

The House of Representatives will meet virtually for the 2021 legislative session to safely conduct the people’s business and minimize the risk of spreading the Coronavirus to the public, legislative staff, and members. Efforts are underway to increase access for the members of the public for virtual access to committee hearings, in addition to viewing broadcasts on TVW.

The 32nd legislative district includes all of Shoreline and Woodway; a large section of northwest Seattle, the southern part of Edmonds, a large portion of Lynnwood, Esperance, and a few blocks of Mountlake Terrace.


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