Commissioner Ryika Hooshangi is an active community member in Sammamish. Ryika is a strong moderate who believes that Olympia has abandoned the middle and the extreme policy decisions of the past few years have had unintended consequences that have made Washington less safe and less affordable. She is committed to going to Olympia and working for real solutions that help real people.
Ryika has spent nearly twenty years working with Federal, State, and local governments on public policy, international law, and government affairs. As a small business owner, Ryika runs her own law firm focusing on contracts, immigration, and other business needs. She serves as an attorney with the statewide Moderate Means Program, assisting clients in need of legal services but cannot afford a full-fee attorney.
Ryika is committed to making our communities safe, bringing back affordability to Washington State, and improving our educational system. Ryika and her husband have two children and live in Sammamish.
the experience and expertise to be our Senator.
Elected Government Experience
Ryika currently serves as the President of the Board of Commissioners for the Sammamish Plateau Water District. In this role, Ryika works to establish utility district policies in the cities of Issaquah, Sammamish, and unincorporated King County. As a Commissioner, Ryika has spent her time overseeing the management of the district and ensuring that the district has strong fiscal policies that align with the needs of the communities while ensuring that it remains affordable for everyone. She is also a champion of the environment in this role, working for sustainable policies to protect our precious natural resources for generations to come.
Ryika works with community leaders, regional partners, city and county officials, and state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to advocate for policies that will continue providing safe water for residents.
Along with serving as the President of the Board of Commissioners, she serves as the Board's representative to industry trade associations, the Chamber of Commerce for the different cities, Cascade Water Alliance, and King County Regional Water Quality Committee.
Ryika is a member of the Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts Government Relations Committee. In this role, she has come to Olympia to testify on proposed bills related to water and sewer districts.
U.S. State Department
Before her local government experience, Ryika worked in various roles as an attorney and diplomat for the U.S. Department of State. Ryika worked for the U.S. State Department during both the Bush and Obama administrations, and under four Secretaries of State. She advised our U.S. Embassies across the world on international agreements, post 9/11 regulations, immigration laws and policies.
Ryika also served as the spokesperson for the Department at various national attorney and business conferences. She handled outreach with academic institutions and congressional offices and worked closely with various law enforcement agencies as well as international organizations, including NATO, the IMF, the World Bank, and the United Nations.
Along with her extensive work history in Washington D.C., she has also served overseas as a consular officer in Turkey, the UAE, and Brazil. Ryika was awarded the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award for outstanding service.
United States Senate
Ryika was selected to participate as a prestigious Brookings Institution fellow and served in the U.S. Senate. She built a bipartisan reputation working with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to provide feedback on several bills related to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, cybercrime, national security, and immigration reform bills.
Ryika was also an international trade counsel and senior foreign policy advisor for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.
Ryika is a proud graduate of the Bellevue public schools and participated in the Running Start program while in high school. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science with a focus on public policy from the George Washington University. After graduating from the George Washington University, Ryika received her Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University of America. She also received an institute certificate in comparative and international law.
While attending the Catholic University of America, Ryika was the Vice President of the International Law Association. She was also the Co-editor of the National Security Law Report. Ryika speaks four languages: English, Farsi, Arabic, and French.
Ryika is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Washington State Bar Association, and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.
In the past ten years, Ryika has served on many different boards. Ryika's membership includes the Borgen Project, a local non-profit, where she was the Board Chairman. While at the Borgen Project, Ryika advised and helped to bring awareness to global poverty with Members of Congress and industry leaders.
Ryika served as an advisor to the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations program at the University of Washington, where she provided guidance and advice based on her experiences with the United States Department of State.
Ryika is an award-winning PTSA Board President at her daughter’s school. She has consistently advocated for students and worked hard to support teachers and parents to build the best learning environment. As President, Ryika has developed a relationship with the local community and with the national and Washington State PTA.
“Born and raised in Redmond, I’m passionate about getting the community I love back on track. I’ll work tirelessly on the most pressing issues facing the residents in the 45th District: public safety, affordability, and education.” – Ryika Hooshangi