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Washington Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib will be keynote speaker at Marshall Awards
The Fort Vancouver National Trust announced the keynote speaker at this year’s General George C. Marshall Leadership Award ceremony will be Washington Lieutenant Governor, Cyrus Habib. Tickets are still available at www.fortvan.org/marshallawards.
Lieutenant Governor Habib was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved with his family to Washington state at the age of eight. He grew up in east King County and graduated from the Bellevue International School before attending Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School.
After receiving his law degree, Lieutenant Governor Habib returned to Washington state to practice law at Perkins Coie, the region’s largest law firm, where he helped startup technology companies raise venture capital funds and license their software.
Before being elected as Washington state’s 16th Lieutenant Governor in 2016, Cyrus Habib represented east King County in the Washington state Senate, where he served as Democratic Whip and a member of the Democratic leadership team. Prior to that, he served as a member of the state House of Representatives.
A three-time cancer survivor, Lieutenant Governor Habib has been fully blind since age eight. His parents emigrated to the U.S. from Iran before he was born, and he is both the first and only Iranian-American official to hold statewide elected office in the United States. The Washington Post has named him one of the top 40 rising political stars under the age of 40.
The Marshall Awards Ceremony is on Wednesday, March 22 at the Providence Academy. In addition to Lt. Governor Habib’s keynote address, a youth and an adult leader in our community will be recognized for demonstrating qualities that reflect the values and characteristics of General George C. Marshall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact the Fort Vancouver National Trust at 360-992-1804 or visit www.fortvan.org/marshallawards to purchase tickets.
About the Marshall Adult & Youth Leadership Awards
The Marshall Adult & Youth Leadership Awards, honoring the legacy of General George C. Marshall, are sponsored by Riverview Community Bank and organized by the Fort Vancouver National Trust as one of its many Celebrate Freedom programs. This is the 17th year honoring the youth in our community and the 28th year honoring our public leaders. From 1936 to 1938 when Marshall lived in Vancouver, he was a Brigadier General and served as Commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade at Vancouver Barracks. During World War II, Marshall served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He was Secretary of State (1947-1949) and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war.