A working mother of four, Young started her career as a small business owner and financial analyst. Young began public service in former U.S. Representative Ed Royce’s office over 25 years ago, eventually becoming his Director of Community Operations.
Despite long odds in 2014, Young Kim unseated an incumbent Democrat to become the first ever Korean-American Republican woman elected to serve in the California State Assembly. As an Assemblywoman, Young fought for public safety causes, low tuition rates, veterans, children, and victims of domestic violence. As a legislator, Young championed a measure that kept tuition rates low and reserved millions to aid homeless veterans and children. Kim also authored AB 2078, a bill protecting domestic violence survivors, that passed the Assembly with overwhelming, bipartisan support.
Young Kim’s career in public service has inspired and shown fellow immigrants, working mothers, female business owners, and any American who believes in the American Dream that any individual can achieve success and serve their community despite race, gender and economic status.
Young is a proud recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marian Bergeson Excellence in Public Service Series. In 2019, Young was honored as one of only four “Women of Impact” from POLITICO at its national Annual Women Rule Summit. She was also recognized as one of the “Orange County’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019” by the Orange County Register.
Dedicated to community involvement, Young has founded and continues to serve on the Board of Directors for numerous local non-profit organizations.
Young and her husband Charles reside in La Habra and are the proud parents of four grown children.