Young Kim’s American story began when her parents brought her from South Korea to Guam as a teenager. There, Young walked the beaches with her mother, collecting bottles and cans to fund a church that helped her family and other immigrant families like hers assimilate into their new communities.
Next up? A move to Hawaii, where Young finished high school before attending the University of Southern California. After graduation, she decided to stay and call the Golden State home. Since then, she has devoted much of her life to giving back to her community. Young and her husband are dedicated to helping and elevating Korean-American leaders and families.
Young served her district as a staff member for Representative Ed Royce for over 20 years, rising to the level of Director of Community Relations and Asian Affairs. She was next elected to serve in the California State Assembly, where she became the first Korean-American Republican woman in the legislature.
Now, Young is running to become the first Korean-American woman in Congress – and to continue her life-long mission to serve her community.
During Young’s time in the state assembly, she championed California’s next generation – including working to extend tuition freezes at California’s public universities and protecting students’ ability to earn a degree without accruing crippling debt. Young also secured $10 million in grant funding to help the state’s homeless youths.
Young is dedicated to ensuring that those who have sacrificed for our country are taken care of when they return home. One example? She authored a bill – that won unanimous, bipartisan support – to create a veterans hospital in Orange County.
Young has also fought vigorously to help protect victims of domestic violence, authoring a bill to close loopholes in existing public safety laws and ensure that anyone who violates domestic violence restraining orders is held accountable. The bill passed the California Assembly with bipartisan support.