Before she chose to live, work and raise a family in New Jersey, Kim was born to Patricia and Charles McFadden in Waterloo, Iowa as the middle of five children. Because of her father's job in sales, Kim lived in more than a dozen places before going to college.
Kim attended high school in Michigan and earned a political science degree from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. After graduating cum laude in 1983 from American University Washington College of Law, Kim took a job as a federal law clerk in New York City and later worked litigation cases at a private law firm.
In 1988, Kim joined the elite United States Organized Crime Strike Force started by former U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy to root out organized crime and illegal racketeering. She later rose to the position of an assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey in Newark, where she built a reputation as a tough and effective prosecutor for busting corrupt politicians. In fact, she was awarded the United States Department of Justice's highest honor for her prosecutions of two separate corrupt public officials.
From 1999 to 2001, Kim served as assistant attorney general for the State of New Jersey responsible for statewide criminal investigations and oversight of 300 prosecutors and investigators.
Making New Jersey Better
As a wife and mother of three, Kim first decided to run for public office because she wanted to solve real problems facing her community and make it a better place to live, work and raise a family. In 2005, she was elected as a commissioner in the Borough of Monmouth Beach. In 2007, Kim became the first woman elected sheriff in Monmouth County’s history, and led the 650-member, $65 million law enforcement agency.
In 2010, Kim was sworn in as New Jersey's first Lt. Governor and 33rd Secretary of State, and was re-elected in 2013.
Kim has spent the past seven years focused on cutting government red tape, recruiting new businesses to New Jersey and helping existing businesses stay and grow. Today, Kim continues to keep New Jersey open for business while managing the states $40 billion tourism industry and overseeing New Jersey’s long-term growth plan for military bases and U.S. Coast Guard installations.
A New Jersey Story
Kim met her husband, Mike, while working at the United States Organized Crime Strike Force on Brooklyn. They married and moved to Monmouth County in 1991. Mike served as the chief of the fraud division in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark. He was appointed by Governor Codey to the Superior Court in 2005, where he served 8 years in the Family Section, and is now serving in the Appellate Division.
Kim's oldest son, Kevin, is a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force having graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2015. He is presently training to be a fighter pilot at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Her second son, Michael, is a junior at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and her youngest son, Anderson, is a sophomore in high school.