October 13, 2022
After just two terms in Congress, Rep. Andy Kim has already earned a place in the Smithsonian — or at least, his suit has.
Kim, a Democrat and the incumbent in New Jersey's 3rd District of the U.S. House, made national headlines on Jan. 7, 2021, when he paced the U.S. Capitol Rotunda with a plastic trash bag, picking up the crumpled bottles and splintered furniture left by the insurrectionists who had invaded the building the day prior.
An image of the congressman crouched over the debris in a bright blue suit went viral, prompting an outpouring of praise for his actions. The Smithsonian later asked Kim to donate the outfit he wore to National Museum of American History as part of an exhibit on the Jan. 6 attack.
"The story of that day wasn't just destruction," Kim tweeted. "There was hope and resilience ... I hope those stories are told."
6 months ago today I wore this blue suit as I cleaned the Capitol after the insurrection, now I just donated it to the Smithsonian. Jan6 must never be forgotten. While some try to erase history, I will fight to tell the story so it never happens again. Here is one story…(THREAD) pic.twitter.com/GKePd1ZMrr— Andy Kim (@AndyKimNJ) July 6, 2021
Kim is running for reelection on Nov. 8. His Republican opponent in the midterm election is political newcomer Bob Healey.
New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District spans the state east to west and includes most of Burlington County and parts of Ocean County.
A former Rhodes scholar and civilian advisor in Afghanistan, Kim is the son of Korean immigrants. He grew up in South Jersey and currently lives in Moorestown, Burlington County. After obtaining a degree from the University of Chicago, he interned and briefly worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He later held several national security roles under President Obama, advising Gen. David Patraeus as well as serving on the National Security Council.
His first congressional run came in 2018, when Kim faced GOP incumbent Tom McArthur. He won, flipping a seat that had been Republican since 2010 and becoming the first Democratic congressman of Korean descent. He defeated a new challenger, businessman David Richter, in 2020 for his reelection.
As a U.S. representative, Kim has prioritized veteran issues and health care. He has supported legislation aimed at lowering prescription drug costs, expanding health insurance for active and retired soldiers and ensuring abortion access. He also sponsored a bill this summer requiring licenses for gun owners.
Kim notably broke with party leadership on the issue of stock trading. When Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the practice among members of Congress, Kim tweeted a rebuttal: "Americans are losing trust in government and we need to show we serve the people, not our personal/political self-interest."
He later introduced the "Restoring Trust in Public Servants Act," which would prohibit members of Congress or their family members from owning or trading covered investments. As of this writing, it has not passed either chamber.
I disagree strongly here. Members of Congress should not be allowed to trade individual stocks. Neither should the President or other senior officials. Americans are losing trust in government and we need to show we serve the people, not our personal/political self-interest. https://t.co/o3nl9wNxQg— Andy Kim (@AndyKimNJ) December 15, 2021