|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New Jersey's 3rd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Tom MacArthur|
|Born||July 12, 1982|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||Deep Springs College|
University of Chicago (BA)
Magdalen College, Oxford (MPhil, DPhil)
Andrew Kim (born July 12, 1982) is an American politician and former diplomat serving as the U.S. representative from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district. The district stretches from Philadelphia's eastern suburbs to the Jersey Shore.
Kim is the first Democratic member of Congress of Korean descent, and the second overall after Jay Kim.
Kim was born on July 12, 1982, in Boston to Korean immigrant parents. He was raised in the Marlton section of Evesham Township, New Jersey, and attended Rice Elementary School before moving to Cherry Hill and graduating from Cherry Hill High School East in 2000. After two years at Deep Springs College, Kim transferred to the University of Chicago, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2004 with a degree in political science.
During college, Kim was an intern at the United States Agency for International Development. He later received a Rhodes Scholarship and a Harry S. Truman Scholarship to study international relations at Magdalen College, Oxford. At Oxford, Kim became friends with fellow Rhodes scholar Pete Buttigieg, now the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
Kim worked at the U.S. State Department. He served in Afghanistan as a civilian adviser to Generals David Petraeus and John R. Allen before working as a national security adviser under President Barack Obama. Kim served as a United States National Security Council official.
A resident of Bordentown Township, New Jersey, Kim ran against two-term incumbent Republican Tom MacArthur in the November 6, 2018, United States House of Representatives election in New Jersey after advancing from the June Democratic primary.
Kim was endorsed by Barack Obama, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and actress Piper Perabo. Kim said he was inspired to run in reaction to MacArthur's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
During the campaign, MacArthur sought to portray Kim as a D.C. elitist and outsider. In an ad run by the New Jersey Republican Party, Kim was described as "Real Fishy" in Wonton font on a picture of dead fish. The ad was criticized for its racial undertones.
The race was considered too close to call on election night, but the next night, an influx of absentee ballots in Burlington County, home to the majority of the district's voters, gave Kim a 2,500-vote lead, prompting him to declare victory. MacArthur conceded eight days later. With a margin of victory of less than 4,000 votes, or slightly over 1% of votes cast, this was New Jersey's closest congressional race. Kim became the first Asian American U.S. representative from New Jersey, despite running in a predominantly white district that supported Trump in 2016.
Kim ran for reelection in 2020. He faced Republican nominee David Richter, a businessman, in the general election. Richter originally planned to run against then-Democrat Jeff Van Drew in the second district, but after Van Drew switched parties, Richter decided to run against Kim in the third district. Once again, Kim's district voted for Trump.
Although the race was projected to be close, Kim won by 30,000 votes, even though he had voted to impeach Trump in 2019.
Kim is running for reelection in the district for the 2022 elections.
Kim's first official action during his tenure was to vote for Nancy Pelosi as United States Speaker of the House, though he voted against her nomination during a November 2018 Democratic caucus meeting. He cited the need to reopen the government amid the ongoing government shutdown for his decision to back Pelosi.
In February 2019, Kim introduced his first bill, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act (SAVE Act). In May, the SAVE Act passed the House, 234–183. The bill, which was designed to lower prescription drug costs and included a provision to prohibit brands from stopping generic versions of drugs to be sold on the market, was not expected to pass the Senate.
In June 2019, Kim co-sponsored an amendment to stop a pay raise for members of Congress.
In April 2020, House leadership appointed Kim to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus crisis.
As of November 2021, Kim had voted in line with Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time according to FiveThirtyEight.
In 2020, Kim co-sponsored and voted for the Justice in Policing Act.
Kim supports banning members of Congress from trading stock, saying in December 2021 that he "disagree[d] strongly" with speaker Nancy Pelosi, who defended the practice.
On January 7, 2021, after voting to certify the 2020 presidential election, Kim gained widespread media attention for a photograph of him cleaning up personal belongings left behind by the January 6th demonstrators. He donated the blue suit he wore in the photo to the Smithsonian Institution, which was collecting items from the riot.
|Republican||Tom MacArthur (incumbent)||149,500||48.7|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Democratic||Andy Kim (incumbent)||79,417||100.0|
|Democratic||Andy Kim (incumbent)||229,840||53.2|
|For the People||Martin Weber||3,724||0.9|
Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) will officially launch his reelection campaign at a rally in Marlton on Saturday March 14th, at 2pm. The rally will be held at Rice Elementary, the public school the congressman attended in the Kings Grant neighborhood where he grew up.
personal belongings strewn across the floor
Water bottles, clothing, Trump flags, even a U.S. flag littered the ground
"I was cleaning up the Capitol because it was the right thing to do. That building deserves to be treated with respect, and yesterday it was desecrated," he continued.
water bottles littering the ground