Kim Doo-kwan

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Doo-kwan
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Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
30 May 2016
Preceded by Hong Chul-ho
Constituency Gyeonggi Gimpo A
Governor of South Gyeongsang
In office
1 July 2010 – 6 July 2012
Preceded by Kim Tae-ho
Succeeded by Hong Jun-pyo
Minister of the Interior
In office
27 February 2003 – 18 September 2003
President Roh Moo-hyun
Preceded by Lee Keun-sik
Succeeded by Huh Sung-kwan
Personal details
Born 10 April 1959
Namhae, South Korea
Political party Democratic Party of Korea
Alma mater Dong-A University
Religion Buddhism [1] [2] [3]
Kim Doo-kwan
Hangul 김두관
Revised Romanization Gim Du-gwan
McCune–Reischauer Kim Tugwan
Dharma name
Hangul 웅기[1][3]
Revised Romanization Unggi
McCune–Reischauer Unggi

Kim Doo-kwan (Korean: 김두관, RR: Gim Du-gwan, Hanja: 金斗官; born 10 April 1959) is a South Korean Democratic United Party politician and former civil servant, the present governor of South Gyeongsang Province. He was elected governor in the 2010 local elections as an independent after two previous unsuccessful attempts. He served as Minister for Home Affairs under the administration of Roh Moo-hyun, and is seen as a potential contender for the DUP nomination in the 2012 presidential election.

Early life and education[edit]

Kim Doo-kwan was born in a village in Namhae on 10 April 1959. He studied at the Department of Political Diplomacy of Dong-A University, graduating in 1987.[4]

Political career[edit]

After serving as Secretary-General of the Namhae farmers' association from 1987, Kim was prefect of Namhae County in the 1990s. He failed in a bid to become governor of South Gyeongsang in 2002. In 2003, he was chosen as Minister for Government Administration and Home Affairs by Roh Moo-hyun, but on 3 September of that year the National Assembly voted to dismiss him. He unsuccessfully contested Namhae in the 2004 National Assembly elections for the Uri Party, winning 16.9% of the vote.[5] He subsequently lost a second attempt to become governor in 2006.


In the 2010 local elections, Kim won an upset victory in the South Gyeongsang gubernatorial election as an independent candidate, and took office as governor on 1 July 2010. Despite originally promising to maintain his independence, in February 2011 he joined the Democratic United Party.[6]

Party politics[edit]

After the party's defeat in the 2012 parliamentary elections, Kim emerged as an alternative candidate for the DUP nomination for that year's presidential election,[7] though he had been considered as a potential frontrunner beforehand.[8] He has been termed the "little Roh Moo-hyun" on account of his unprivileged background and his principles.[6]


  1. ^ a b 광역단체장 불자 4명 당선 (in Korean). Buddhist News(불교신문), 5 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  2. ^ 특별인터뷰/ 김두관 경남도지사 당선자 (in Korean). Buddhist News, 17 June 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b "대장경 판각은 진정한 국민통합 발원 (in Korean). Buddhist News, 25 August 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  4. ^ 김두관 경남도지사 "공무원노조는 중요한 정책파트너" (in Korean). MK News, 8 June 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  5. ^ 준합개표현황 (in Korean). KBS, retrieved 20 April 2012.
  6. ^ a b Kim setting out on Dec. presidential run?. The Korea Herald, 19 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  7. ^ Presidential hopefuls making moves. The Korea Times, 19 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  8. ^ Dingankar, M. An Overview of South Korean politics. Institute for Defense Studies & Analyses, 1 July 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Tae-ho
Governor of South Gyeongsang
Succeeded by
Hong Jun-pyo