Young Kim (politician)

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Young Kim
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 65th district
In office
December 1, 2014 – November 30, 2016
Preceded by Sharon Quirk-Silva
Succeeded by Sharon Quirk-Silva
Personal details
Born (1962-10-18) October 18, 1962 (age 55)
Incheon, South Korea
Political party Republican
Education University of Southern California (BBA)
Korean name
Hangul 김영옥
Hanja 金映玉[1]
Revised Romanization Gim Yeong-ok
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yŏng'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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] Kim announced in January 2018, after Royce announced his retirement, that she would instead enter the congressional race for California's 39th district.[6]

Policy positions[edit]

Kim's platform for running for Assembly in 2016 included opposing changes to Proposition 13.[7] 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".[8]

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.[9]

Electoral history[edit]

2014 California State Assembly election[edit]

California's 65th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Young Kim 21,593 54.7
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva (incumbent) 17,896 45.3
Total votes 39,489 100.0
General election
Republican Young Kim 42,376 54.6
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva (incumbent) 35,204 45.4
Total votes 77,580 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

2016 California State Assembly election[edit]

California's 65th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva 42,890 54.3
Republican Young Kim (incumbent) 36,028 45.7
Total votes 78,918 100.0
General election
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva 69,806 52.5
Republican Young Kim (incumbent) 63,119 47.5
Total votes 132,925 100

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "加州眾議員韓裔候選人金映玉:有信心擠進初選前2名". World Journal. 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  2. ^ White, Jeremy B. "Assemblywoman Young Kim recalls parents' sacrifice to move to U.S." The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ Christine Mai-Duc (2016-11-17). "Assemblywoman Young Kim concedes in Orange County race against Sharon Quirk-Silva". LA Times. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  4. ^ Samuel Mountjoy (2014-12-14). "Assemblywoman Young Kim takes oath of office at CSUF". The Daily Titan. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  5. ^ "Former assemblywoman Young Kim to run for Orange County supervisor in 2018 – Orange County Register". Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  6. ^ TODAY, ASIA (11 January 2018). "Former Korean-American Assemblywoman Enters Race for US Congress". Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Young Kim for Assembly District 65". Orange County Register. 2016-10-23. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  8. ^ Rands, Jane (April 13, 2018). "Meet Some Candidates Running to Replace Congressman Ed Royce". Fullerton Observer. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  9. ^ "Schools dispute Assembly candidate's transgender-law argument". Orange County Register. 2014-10-02. Retrieved 2018-08-02.

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