1st Korean-American Woman Elected to Congress

  • Arirang News

    November 08, 2018 08:27

    Young Kim

    Wednesday was a historic day for Korean immigrants in the U.S. as California's 39th congressional district elected Republican Young Kim over Democrat Gil Cisneros with 51.3 percent of ballots in the U.S. midterm elections.

    Kim is the first Korean-American woman to be elected to Congress, and the first Korean-American in 20 years. It was an emotional victory for the self-made woman in a tight race.

    The seat became vacant when Ed Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced his retirement in January. He endorsed Kim, who had worked for him for two decades, first when he was a state senator and then in Congress.

    She will now represent a district that includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties and is two-thirds Asian and Latino.

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