First Korean-American woman to serve in US Congress
Washington, Young Kim appeared certain to be elected to the US House of Representatives on Wednesday, becoming the first Korean-American woman to serve in Congress.
With 97 per cent of the ballots counted, the 56-year-old Republican garnered 51.4 per cent of the vote against 48.6 per cent by Democrat Gil Cisneros in California's 39th district.
If finalised, she will succeed outgoing Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, South Korean News Agency (Yonhap) reported.
The only other Korean-American to serve in Congress was Jay Kim, a Republican who represented California's 41st district from 1993 to 1999.
She herself was elected to the California legislature in 2014.
After immigrating to the US territory of Guam in 1975, Kim moved to Hawaii and then to California, where she attended the University of Southern California.
Kim has distanced herself from some of President Donald Trump's policies, including his hard-line stance against immigration.
Source: Bahrain News Agency