Andy Kim (politician)

Andy Kim
Andy Kim, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byTom MacArthur
Personal details
Born (1982-07-12) July 12, 1982 (age 37)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kammy Lai
EducationDeep Springs College
University of Chicago (BA)
Magdalen College, Oxford (MPhil, DPhil)
WebsiteHouse website

Andrew N. Kim (born July 12, 1982)[1] is an American politician and former diplomat serving as the Congressman[2] from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district.[3] The district stretches from the eastern suburbs of Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore.

Kim is the first member of Congress of Korean descent in the Democratic Party, and the second overall.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Kim was born in Boston[5] to Korean immigrant parents. He was raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and graduated from Cherry Hill High School East.[6] He attended Deep Springs College in California before transferring to the University of Chicago, where he graduated 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] Kim later received a Rhodes Scholarship and Harry S. Truman Scholarship to study international relations at Magdalen College, Oxford.[7]

U.S. State Department[edit]

Kim worked at the U.S. State Department and served in Afghanistan as a civilian adviser to General David Petraeus and John R. Allen, before working as a national security adviser for the White House under President Barack Obama.[4] Kim served as a United States National Security Council official to Obama.[9]


2018 election[edit]

A resident of Bordentown, New Jersey, Kim ran in the 2018 United States House of Representatives election in New Jersey on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the June Democratic primary. Kim ran against two-term incumbent Republican Tom MacArthur, in a district that had been won by President Donald Trump in 2016. Kim was endorsed by former U.S. President Barack Obama,[10] former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden,[11] New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy,[12] and actress Piper Perabo.[13] Kim says he was inspired to run in reaction to MacArthur's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[14]

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. MacArthur dismissed accusations of racism surrounding the ad.[4]

The race was considered too close to call on election night. However, on the following night, an influx of absentee ballots in the Burlington County portion of the district, home to the majority of the district's voters, gave Kim a 2,500-vote lead, prompting Kim to declare victory.[15] MacArthur conceded defeat eight days later.[16] With a margin of victory of less than 4,000 votes, or slightly over one percent of votes cast, this congressional race was the closest in New Jersey.[17][18]


Kim's first official action during his tenure was voting in favor of Nancy Pelosi as United States Speaker of the House, despite voting against her nomination during a Democratic caucus meeting in November 2018.[19] Kim cited the need for reopening the government amid the ongoing government shutdown for his decision to ultimately back Pelosi's nomination.[20]

In May 2019, Kim's SAVE Act was passed by the House, 234-183. The bill is designed to help lower drug-prescription costs, including a provision which prohibited brands from stopping generic version of drugs to be sold on the market.[21]

In December of 2019, Congressman Kim sided with his Democratic colleagues and voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral History[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Candidate Conversation - Andy Kim (D) - News & Analysis - Inside Elections". Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Newcomer Andy Kim beats GOP Rep. MacArthur in New Jersey". November 14, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Amy S. Rosenberg, Jan Hefler (November 7, 2018). "Democrat Andy Kim claims win over U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur in N.J.'s 3rd Congressional District". Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Reilly, Ryan J. (October 30, 2018). "Andy Kim Is A South Jersey Boy. The GOP Calls Him 'Not One Of Us.'". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "KIM, Andy - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress.
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Amy S. "Andy Kim’s campaign took off in the Mt. Laurel Wegmans. Now Kim, 36, is trying to unseat Rep. Tom MacArthur, New Jersey’s Trumpiest congressman", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 27, 2018. Accessed November 9, 2018. "He and the super PACs supporting him have been relentless, running TV ads calling out Kim for taking a tax break on his D.C. condo after moving back to New Jersey, and suggesting the Marlton-born and Cherry Hill East High graduate is 'not one of us.'"
  7. ^ a b "Two University of Chicago students win Rhodes Scholarships". University of Chicago. November 21, 2004. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Rizzo, Salvador (April 27, 2017). "Obama's ISIS Adviser May Challenge MacArthur". Observer. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Bowman, Bridget (June 19, 2017). "Former Security Official Launches Bid Against MacArthur". Roll Call. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  10. ^ Barack Obama [@BarackObama] (August 1, 2018). "Today I'm proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates – leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they're running to represent:" (Tweet). Retrieved August 1, 2018 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Hefler, Jan (October 15, 2018). "At Burlington County diner, Joe Biden rallies support for Democratic House candidate Andy Kim". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  12. ^ Phil Murphy. "[email protected] grew up in #NJ03 and served our country on President Obama's nat'l security team -- of course he's one of us. Now he's making the GOP in Washington very nervous. Trump-like rhetoric has no place in NJ". Twitter.
  13. ^ Piper Perabo. "#NewJersey Garden State! Let's win this for the home team! #NJ03 I'm looking at you! @AndyKimNJ for Congress!!!!". Twitter.
  14. ^ McBain, Sophie (October 30, 2018). "Blue Wave: Meet Andy Kim, the 36-year-old former Obama aide running to protect healthcare in New Jersey". New Statesman. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Joe Hernandez (November 7, 2018). "Kim declares victory in N.J.'s 3rd district; MacArthur not conceding". WHYY-FM.
  16. ^ "NJ election results 2018: MacArthur concedes, Andy Kim wins 3rd District race". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District election, 2018". Ballotpedia. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "Surprises Amid Flips from Red to Blue, and MacArthur-Kim Still Undecided - NJ Spotlight". Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  19. ^ Levinsky, David (November 28, 2018). "Congressman-elect Andy Kim sides against Nancy Pelosi becoming speaker". Burlington County Times. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  20. ^ Levinsky, David (January 3, 2019). "Democrat Andy Kim reverses position, votes for Pelosi as speaker". Burlington County Times. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  21. ^ Levinsky, David. "Rep. Andy Kim's health care bill approved by the full House". Burlington County Times. Retrieved November 15, 2019.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tom MacArthur
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
John Joyce
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Susie Lee