Young Kim is challenging freshman Democrat, Gil Cisneros in a rematch of one of the closest races from 2018. Kim actually led on election night but ending up losing 50.8% to 49.2% after the mail-in ballots were counted.
In 2014, Young was elected to the California State Assembly becoming the first Korean American to serve as a state legislator in California. She lost her bid for re-lection in 2016.
As an Assemblywoman, she was a champion of public safety issues, low tuition rates, veterans, children and victims of domestic abuse. She authored AB 2078, a bill protecting domestic violence survivors which passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support.
Prior to running for office herself, Young worked on Ed Royce’s staff in both the California State Senate
and the U.S. House of Representatives eventually becoming his Director of Community Affairs.
She was born in South Korea and immigrated with her family first to Guam and then on to the United States after she finished junior high school.