Female lawmaker named transport minister

SEOUL-- President Moon Jae-in's nominee for land, infrastructure and transport minister is a three-term female lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea.

Rep. Kim Hyun-mee served as a co-head of the broadcast content headquarters of Moon's campaign for the May 9 snap presidential election triggered by the impeachment and ouster of Park Geun-hye over a massive corruption and abuse-of-power scandal.

If confirmed by the National Assembly, Kim, 55, will become the country's first woman transport minister in charge of land development and transportation policies.

After entering politics in the late 1980s, she served as a press and political affairs secretary for late President Roh Moo-hyun, who governed the country from 2003-2008.

Kim became a lawmaker of the then-ruling Uri Party under the proportional representation system in 2004. She was re-elected to the Assembly after running in an electoral district in Goyang, northwest of Seoul, in 2012. Last year, she again won a four-year mandate.

A native of Jeongeup, North Jeolla Province, Kim majored in politics and diplomacy at Yonsei University in Seoul.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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