Kim was Hawaii’s 13th Senate president.
Before becoming Senate president, Kim served as vice president from 2011 to 2013 and also from 2003 to 2008.
Previously, Kim chaired a task force which searched for ways to eliminate government waste and save money without cutting core services. With the state facing tough economic times, Kim focused on issues such as fiscal accountability by examining mismanagement practices, contracting procedures and wasteful spending.
In 2013, Kim led an investigative committee that looked into the so-called Wonder Blunder at University of Hawaii at Manoa. The university athletic department spent $200,000 on what it thought was a concert performance by the rock star Stevie Wonder but it turned out to be a scam. Kim has made UH issues a point of focus, including proposals that are aimed at reforming university management and policies.
She has previously served as chair of the Committee on Tourism and Government Operations and the Committee on Accountability. She has also served on the Ways and Means and Higher Education committees.
Kim was born in Honolulu and attended the University of Hawaii for two years before transferring to Washington State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1974.