The Metropolitan King County Council appointed Reuven Carlyle to serve as the Washington state senator for the 36th Legislative District today (Thursday, Jan. 7).

Following the confirmation of the appointment on Thursday, Carlyle was immediately sworn into office.

“I am fortunate to serve one of the most educated, engaged and progressive legislative districts in our state,” he said. “I believe we must work to continue to improve the quality of life for all Washingtonians by addressing the serious policy issues holding us back. I have enjoyed representing the people of the 36th as their state representative and look forward to serving them in the Senate.”

Carlyle was elected to the Washington state House of Representatives in 2008. He sponsored legislation to improve foster youth programs, provide low-cost open textbooks to college students, call for public transparency to the state’s tax code and policies, protect the environment, connect the state’s community and technical colleges with four-year universities and fight for individual civil liberties. He also helped craft state budgets to support public school students.

In the Senate, Carlyle will serve on three committees: Higher Education, Trade & Economic Development and Transportation.

Carlyle and his wife, Dr. Wendy Carlyle, have four school-age children and are active in Seattle Public Schools and numerous community groups in the 36th District and Seattle.