Young Kim (politician)
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 65th district
December 1, 2014 – November 30, 2016
|Preceded by||Sharon Quirk-Silva|
|Succeeded by||Sharon Quirk-Silva|
October 18, 1962|
Incheon, South Korea
|Education||University of Southern California (BBA)|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Yeong-ok|
Young O. Kim (born October 18, 1962) is an American politician who formerly served in the California State Assembly as a Republican representing the 65th Assembly District, encompassing parts of northern Orange County. She was the first Korean-American Republican woman to become a state legislator in California.
She was elected to the Assembly in 2014 after unseating Democratic Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva. In 2016, in turn, Quirk-Silva unseated Kim in a rematch. Prior to being elected to the Assembly, she was the Director of Community Relations and Asian Affairs for Congressman Ed Royce. Kim earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.
In 2017, Kim announced she would be running for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, a nonpartisan office, in the 4th district, which includes the cities of Fullerton, Placentia, La Habra and Brea, and portions of Anaheim and Buena Park. Kim announced in January 2018, after Royce announced his retirement, that she would instead enter the congressional race for California's 39th district.
Kim's platform for running for Assembly in 2016 included opposing changes to Proposition 13. Her 2018 congressional platform includes opposition to the Affordable Care Act, support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, and support for "the anti-sanctuary city stance taken by the County Board of Supervisors".
Kim opposed a California law "requiring schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms of their choice and participate in sports by their gender identity rather than their anatomical gender." She opposed the law over concerns that new school facilities could need to be constructed, additional spending could be required, students could change their identity "on a whim", and that male-to-female transgender students would have an unfair advantage in sports. She has said transgender individuals "deserve to be respected" but that she does not believe that LGBT individuals were born with their identities or orientations. Kim also opposes same-sex marriage.
2014 California State Assembly election
|California's 65th State Assembly district election, 2014|
|Democratic||Sharon Quirk-Silva (incumbent)||17,896||45.3|
|Democratic||Sharon Quirk-Silva (incumbent)||35,204||45.4|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
2016 California State Assembly election
|California's 65th State Assembly district election, 2016|
|Republican||Young Kim (incumbent)||36,028||45.7|
|Republican||Young Kim (incumbent)||63,119||47.5|
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