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Young KimREPRepublican United States Representative, CA-39
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CAResidence (state)

Young Oak Kim (née Choe, Korean: 최영옥; born October 18, 1962) is an American politician and businesswoman serving as the U.S. representative for California's 40th congressional district, previously representing the 39th congressional district from 2021 to 2023 . Her district includes northern parts of Orange County. In the 2020 United States House of Representatives elections, Kim, Michelle Park Steel, and Marilyn Strickland became the first three Korean-American women elected to the United States Congress. Kim and Steel are also the first Korean-Americans elected to Congress from California since Jay Kim. A member of the Republican Party, Young Kim served as the California State Assemblywoman for the 65th district from 2014 to 2016, defeating the incumbent Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva in 2014. Kim lost the seat in a rematch with Quirk-Silva in 2016. Kim was the first South Korean-born Republican woman elected to the California State Legislature.In 2018, Kim was the Republican nominee in California's 39th congressional district, narrowly losing to Democrat Gil Cisneros in the general election. In 2020, Kim defeated Cisneros in a rematch. Along with Steel and David Valadao, Kim was among the first three Republican candidates to unseat an incumbent House Democrat in California since 1994.

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Education3 - 3 of 1
University of Southern California
Attended
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
Representative
United States House of Representatives, California
2023 - Current
Representative
United States House of Representatives, California
2021 - 2023
Assembly Member
State of California Assembly
2014 - 2016
Owner and Operator
YK Connections
Current
Former Radio Commentator
Radio Seoul, AM 1650
2011
Television Host
REAL TALK Arirang-TV
2011
Producer, Host
Los Angeles Seoul, KSCI-TV Channel 18
1999 - 2005
Producer, Host
KTE Journal on Korean Television Enterprise
1997 - 1998
Director of Community Relations and Asian Affairs
Representative Ed Royce, CA-39
Other Experience1 - 13 of 13
Board Member
International Leadership Association
Current
Board Member
World Affairs Council of Orange County
Current
Board Member
California Women’s Leadership Association
Current
Board Member
Fullerton Public Library Foundation
Current
Member
Korean American Coalition of Orange County
Current
Member
Korean American Federation of Orange County
Current
Former Member
Assembly Budget Committee, State of California Assembly
Former Member
Assembly Education Committee, State of California Assembly
Former Member
Assembly Banking and Finance Committee, State of California Assembly
Former Member
Assembly Transportation Committee, State of California Assembly
Former Member
Assembly Subcommittee 2 on Education Finance, State of California Assembly
Former Member
Assembly Water Consuption and Alternative Sources Committee, State of California Assembly
Former Vice Chair
Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee, State of California Assembly