Lee Jae-myung

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Lee Jae-myung
2015 G-RANK KOREA 시상식 (이재명 성남시장).jpg
Lee Jae-myung in 2015
Governor of Gyeonggi Province
Assumed office
1 July 2018
Preceded by Nam Kyung-pil
Mayor of Seongnam
In office
1 July 2010 – 15 March 2018
Preceded by Lee Dae-yup
Succeeded by Eun Soo-mi
Personal details
Born (1964-12-22) 22 December 1964 (age 53)
Andong, South Korea
Citizenship South Korean
Political party Democratic Party of Korea
Alma mater Chung-Ang University
Occupation Lawyer
Lee Jae-myung
Hangul 이재명
Hanja 李在明
Revised Romanization I Jaemyeong
McCune–Reischauer Yi Chaemyŏng

Lee Jae-myung (Hangul이재명; Hanja李在明; born 22 December 1964[1]) is a South Korean politician in the liberal Democratic Party of Korea. He was Mayor of Seongnam since 2010 to 2018,[2] and ran unsuccessfully for the National Assembly in 2008. In 2016, he was named by interim party leader Kim Chong-in as a contender for the 2017 presidential election.[3] His approval rating for presidential candidacy is about 16 percent as of December 2016, being one of the "Big 3" potential candidates for 2017 presidential election. [4] Some of his notable achievements include Seongnam's social welfare program which is regarded as one of the most comprehensive social welfare programs in the nation for the city's elderly citizens and youth,[5] and banning of dogmeat from Moran Market which has been the largest dogmeat market in South Korea since 1960.[6][7][8]

Born in Andong, Lee studied law at Chung-Ang University, and went on to work in that field before his entry into politics.[1]