Two-term lawmaker named to lead gender equality ministry
SEOUL, Jin Sun-mee, a lawyer-turned-lawmaker who played a key role in President Moon Jae-in's election campaign, was nominated to lead the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.
Jin, 51, started her career as a lawyer in 1999, having graduated Sungkyunkwan University with a law degree and passed the national bar exam in 1996.
She entered politics in 2002 as a lawmaker of the now ruling Democratic Party, after serving as the chairman of the women's rights committee at the progressive lawyers' association, the Lawyers for a Democratic Society, better known as Minbyun, from 2005-2007.
In 2012, Min served as a co-spokesperson for Moon's presidential election camp. In the election, Moon was defeated by his conservative rival Park Geun-hye.
Jin joined Moon's election campaign again in 2017, when a by-election was conducted after Park's ouster.
The two-term lawmaker is currently a vice floor leader of the ruling party.
She was born in 1967 in Sunchang, South Jeolla Province, a region traditionally supportive of the liberal political bloc.
"I feel a sense of responsibility weighing on my shoulders as I was nominated to the ministerial seat as our society is on a painful course to achieve gender equality," Jin was quoted by the ministry as saying.
"I am deeply reflecting on my role and duty (in the new post)."
Source: Yonhap News Agency