Rep. Patty Kim's Biography
State Representative Patty Kim, a former news anchor, reporter, and Harrisburg City Councilwoman was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2012 and has been a leader in government reform and transparency. Kim's priorities in the General Assembly include taking a solution-based approach to statewide issues, working in cooperation and collaboration with colleagues, and utilizing her record of service to support initiatives that stand to better the lives of the citizens she represents.
Leading her caucus’s charge to provide a livable wage for all Pennsylvanians, Kim has introduced bills to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. She continues her fight for a minimum wage increase to restore the middle class by lifting thousands of Pennsylvanians out of poverty. Her priorities also include combating climate change and bolstering public schools by ensuring qualified teachers receive competitive pay and by providing pathways for college students to enter the profession.
Kim is the Chair of the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, which makes her the first Asian American to serve as Chair of a PA House Committee. She is also credited with creating and serving as the first Chair of the PA Legislative Asian Pacific American Caucus. She has previously served on the Appropriations, Education, Insurance, and Local Government committees. She is the Capitol Preservation Committee Treasurer, Team PA Board Director, and the United Way of the Capitol Region Board Director. Prior to her work in the legislature, Kim was elected to Harrisburg's City Council where she served two terms. She was elected as council Vice President by her colleagues during her second term.
A 1995 graduate of Boston College, Kim is married to John Sider and together they have two children, Brielle and Ryan.