News: 1st Blind Lt. Governor

On Wednesday, January 11th Washington state swore in a new Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib. Mr. Habib happens to be blind. According to the Associated Press Habib, is a 35-year-old attorney who completely lost his eyesight to cancer at age 8, was first elected to the state House in 2012 and won a state Senate seat in 2014. The Senate has undergone a significant makeover to incorporate Braille into the Chamber floor sessions. This will allow Habib to know by the touch of his finger which lawmaker is seeking to speak. The lieutenant governor is the second-highest position in the state and is better known as the president of the Senate. His job is to preside over the Senate session, and making sure protocol is followed and answering any questions that may arise during the session. Habib says, “I’m really excited to show the public, particularly school children, that anything is possible.”

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