Elected Experience: Citizen legislator.
Other Professional Experience: Wireless and software entrepreneur bringing advanced technology solutions to global markets. Record of building numerous Seattle companies serving health care, education, public safety, clean energy and consumers. Strong financial and technical skills applied to tough public policy challenges.
Education: Harvard University, MPA. University of Massachusetts, BA.
Community Service: Married to Ballard Swedish physician Wendy Carlyle; four terrific children. Citizen co-founder Seattle City Year AmeriCorp program. Served on state community college board. Our Queen Anne family is active in many educational, social, religious, cultural, arts and community service organizations from Mary’s Place to Treehouse and beyond.
Statement: As a husband, father, entrepreneur and citizen legislator I strive to embrace the ideal of servant leadership. I led the charge to fully fund our paramount duty of public education by improving a regressive tax system. I passed sweeping legislation so most corporate tax preferences are now public. I work to bolster foster youth, invest in early learning and support the University of Washington. I secured local funding: Pacific Science Center, Taproot, Phinney Neighborhood Association, Nordic Museum and reopening Magnolia Elementary.
As chair of the Energy, Environment and Technology Committee, I sponsored sweeping carbon legislation to tackle climate change; protected net neutrality. I have led against government’s overreliance on high property taxes. I'm the only Seattle legislator to vote against shielding public records from disclosure.
Recognitions: Governing Magazine: ‘One of 12 legislators nationally to watch'. Seattlepi.com: “…top notch legislator…”. Seattle Times: “Who gets it? Carlyle.” UW Impact: “Top Dawg!” Open Government Award; Legislator of the Year, Washington Conversation Voters; Received “outstanding” ratings from Municipal League. Endorsements: Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Seattle Firefighters, League of Education Voters, Governor Inslee, NARAL.
I ask for the honor of your vote as a progressive, independent and fiscally responsible civic leader.