Andy Kim
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byTom MacArthur
Personal details
Andrew Kim

(1982-07-12) July 12, 1982 (age 41)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Kammy Lai
(m. 2012)
EducationDeep Springs College
University of Chicago (BA)
Magdalen College, Oxford (MPhil, DPhil)
WebsiteHouse website
Academic background
ThesisTransnational Advocacy Networks and Humanitarian Intervention (2010)
Doctoral advisorGil Loescher

Andrew Kim (born July 12, 1982) is an American politician and former diplomat who is the U.S. representative from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district. The district encompasses Philadelphia's eastern suburbs along southern and central New Jersey. A member of the Democratic Party, he has held the seat since 2019. Kim is the first Democratic member of Congress of Korean descent and the second overall after Republican Jay Kim (no relation).[1]

In 2023, Kim announced his candidacy in the 2024 United States Senate election in New Jersey.[2]

Early life and career

Kim was born on July 12, 1982, in Boston[3] to Korean immigrant parents. He was raised in the Marlton section of Evesham Township, New Jersey, and attended Rice Elementary School[4][5] before moving to Cherry Hill and graduating from Cherry Hill High School East in 2000.[6] 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.[7][8]

During college, Kim was an intern at the United States Agency for International Development.[8] He later received a Rhodes Scholarship and a Harry S. Truman Scholarship to study international relations at Magdalen College, Oxford.[7] At Oxford, Kim became friends with fellow Rhodes Scholar Pete Buttigieg, now the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.[9]

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.[1] Kim served as a United States National Security Council official.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives



See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey § District 3

A resident of Bordentown Township, New Jersey,[11] Kim ran against two-term incumbent Republican Tom MacArthur in the 2018 United States House of Representatives election after advancing from the June Democratic primary.

Kim was endorsed by Barack Obama,[12] former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden,[13] New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy,[14] and actress Piper Perabo.[15] Kim said he was inspired to run in reaction to MacArthur's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[16]

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.[1]

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.[17] MacArthur conceded eight days later.[18] With a margin of victory of fewer than 4,000 votes, or slightly over 1% of votes cast, this was New Jersey's closest congressional race.[19][20] Kim became the first Asian American U.S. representative from New Jersey.[21]


See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey § District 3

Kim ran for reelection in 2020. In the general election, he faced Republican nominee David Richter, a businessman. 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.[22] Although the race was projected to be close, Kim won by 53% to 45%,[23] even though the district again voted for Trump.[21]


See also: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey § District 3

After redistricting, Kim’s district became considerably more Democratic: Joe Biden would have won the reconfigured district by 14.1 percentage points in 2020, and Phil Murphy would have won it by 1.6 percentage points in 2021.[24] The Associated Press called Kim as the winner of the NJ-3 House election on November 8, 2022, in which he defeated yacht manufacturer Robert Healey, Jr.[25]


Kim's first official action during his tenure was to vote for Nancy Pelosi as United States Speaker of the House, but he voted against her nomination during a November 2018 Democratic caucus meeting.[26] He cited the need to reopen the government amid the ongoing government shutdown for his decision to back Pelosi.[27]

In February 2019, Kim introduced his first bill, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act (SAVE Act).[28] In May, the SAVE Act passed the House, 234–183. The bill, designed to lower prescription drug costs and included a provision to prohibit brands from stopping generic versions of drugs from being sold on the market, was not expected to pass the Senate.[29]

In June 2019, Kim co-sponsored an amendment to stop a pay raise for members of Congress.[30]

In April 2020, House leadership appointed Kim to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus crisis.[31]

Kim voted with President Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time in the 117th Congress, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis. This results in a Biden Plus/Minus score of +45 indicating significantly higher support for Biden's priorities than would be expected given the makeup of his district.[32]


In 2020, Kim co-sponsored and voted for the Justice in Policing Act.[33]

Insider trading in congress

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.[34]

2020 presidential election

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 after the January 6 United States Capitol attack.[21][35][36][37] He donated the blue suit he wore in the photo to the Smithsonian Institution, which was collecting items from the riot.[38]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

2024 U.S. Senate election

Main article: 2024 United States Senate election in New Jersey

On September 23, 2023, Kim announced that he would mount a primary challenge to incumbent Democratic senator Bob Menendez in the 2024 Senate election, shortly after Menendez was indicted on federal corruption charges.[45][46]

Personal life

Kim married Kammy Lai, a tax attorney, in 2012.[47][48] They have two sons, one born in 2015 and the other born in 2017.[49][50] His family lives down the street from his childhood home in South Jersey.[51] Kim is a Presbyterian.[52] He is fan of the Star Wars franchise.[53]

Electoral history

2018 Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andy Kim 28,514 100
Total votes 28,514 100
New Jersey's 3rd congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andy Kim 153,473 50.0
Republican Tom MacArthur (incumbent) 149,500 48.7
Constitution Larry Berlinski 3,902 1.3
Total votes 306,875 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican
2020 Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andy Kim (incumbent) 79,417 100.0
New Jersey's 3rd congressional district, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andy Kim (incumbent) 229,840 53.2
Republican David Richter 196,327 45.5
For the People Martin Weber 3,724 0.9
Constitution Robert Shapiro 1,871 0.4
Total votes 431,762 100.0
Democratic hold
New Jersey's 3rd congressional district, 2022
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andy Kim (incumbent) 150,498 55.5
Republican Bob Healey 118,415 43.6
Libertarian Christopher Russomanno 1,347 0.5
Independent Gregory Sobocinski 1,116 0.4
Total votes 271,376 100.0
Democratic hold

See also


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