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(profile) Five-time liberal lawmaker, economic expert named National Assembly speaker

All News 16:03 July 04, 2022

SEOUL, July 4 (Yonhap) -- Rep. Kim Jin-pyo of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP), South Korea's new National Assembly speaker, is a veteran lawmaker known for his expertise in economic affairs.

Rep. Kim Jin-pyo of the main opposition Democratic Party speaks to lawmakers after his election as new National Assembly speaker on July 4. (Yonhap)

Kim, 75, passed the civil service exam in 1974 and began his career as a public servant at the finance ministry. After serving as vice finance minister, he was appointed as the minister of government policy coordination in 2002.

In 2003, Kim was tapped as deputy prime minister in charge of economic affairs and finance minister.

Kim began his political career in 2004 with his election on a liberal party's ticket in the electorate of Suwon, south of Seoul. He has since been elected four more times.

The lawmaker, who also served as deputy prime minister and education minister in 2005, has played key roles in the DP. He also oversaw policy design in the early stages of the Moon Jae-in administration.

Kim is recognized for his ability to mediate issues and for having a well-rounded relationship with politicians from both the ruling and opposition blocs.

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