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California's 40th District

Dec 24, 2021 | In The News

Rep. Young Kim, R-La Habra, of CA-39

Kim, 59, is in her first term representing the 39th District, which includes northeastern Orange County plus portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. She serves on committees overseeing foreign affairs, small business and science, plus a dozen caucuses including ones focused on bipartisan problem solving, maternity care, India and victims of communism.

Legislation: Kim sponsored six bills this year, none of which were directly signed into law. But Kim was an original or lead cosponsor on 11 pieces of legislation that passed the House, including the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act, to extend the timeline for small businesses to get PPP funds passed through the CARES Act in 2020. Kim also backed bills approved to improve the Small Business Association’s loan program and its cybersecurity, plus another bill that requires Veterans Affairs to publish its resources in the 10 most common languages other than English.

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Reaching and helping constituents: Kim held seven town halls in 2021, including three telephone town halls, two webinars and two roundtables covering topics such as vaccines, small business resources, wildfire prevention and veterans. Her office helped nearly 2,000 constituents receive federal assistance and returned over $2.3 million back to taxpayers.

Vote record: Kim missed 1.3% or six of 449 roll call votes this year, according to GovTrack. She’s broken with the GOP majority on several key votes, including a vote to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-GA, of her committee assignments. Here’s how Kim voted on seven high-profile bills that passed the House this year (see more details above):

-No on the Build Back Better social spending plan

-No on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

-No on impeaching President Donald Trump

-Yes on certifying 2020 election results for Pennsylvania; missed the Arizona vote due to COVID-19 exposure, but said she would have voted yes

-No on the For the People voting rights act

-Yes on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, in a break with the GOP majority

-No on the American Dream and Promise Act to help Dreamers become citizens

Personal highlight: Kim also touts introducing the FIRE Act with bipartisan California representatives to improve wildfire detection and work to improve wildfire communication and hiring shortages.

The Orange County Register

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