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Congressman for NJ's 3rd District. Former WH National Security Official, Diplomat, Dad to two troublemakers. Whether you voted for me or not, I work for you.
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Jan 22 6 tweets 2 min read
I feel overwhelmed by emotion right now as I wake up after celebrating lunar new years with my family only to learn of this mass shooting in California where at least 10 were killed at lunar new year celebration. I woke to a flurry of calls/texts…THREAD.… AAPI communities around nation were planning festivities today and have been planning for months. They are now are waking up feeling shattered and scared. I’m getting frantic texts from people all over the nation. Common phrase I hear is “I don’t know how to process this” 2/5
Jan 6 14 tweets 4 min read
On Jan6 anniversary as we gather in the House chamber to elect a speaker, let’s remember what Kevin McCarthy said during and immediately after the attack. I kept track:

“President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters” (Jan 13) THREAD Image McCarthy (Jan 6): “The violence, destruction, and chaos we saw earlier was unacceptable undemocratic and unamerican. It was the saddest day I’ve ever had as serving as a member of this institution…We saw the worst of America this afternoon…” 2/14
Jan 6 17 tweets 7 min read
The first time I got home after Jan 6, my then 5 yr old son hugged me and asked “Dada, are you ok?”
“Why do you ask?”
“Did something happen at your work?” I didn’t know what to say and never followed up.2yrs later I think I’m ready to talk to him. Here’s what I plan to say.THREAD I took him home that night and read Thomas the tank engine books, as if all was normal. I kept wondering how he found out. My wife didn’t say anything. I’m guessing his teacher/classmates. It hurt my heart to think of the terrible example our broken politics sets for our kids2/17
Dec 13, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
927 words. That’s the Respect for Marriage Act just signed into law. Inspiring how so few words can codify rights for so many people. 927 words that say love is love. 927 words that protect these rights from Justice Thomas and others who seek to pull us backwards. THREAD 927 words to preserve freedom to marry who we love. 7 yrs ago I remember when Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage a constitutional right. I worked at the White House and a number of us stepped out that night to watch the building in rainbow lights. That moment felt profound.2/5
Dec 7, 2022 9 tweets 4 min read
It’s a humbling experience as the boat crosses Pearl Harbor and approaches the USS Arizona memorial honoring the resting place of many of those lost 81 yrs ago. I recently visited and on this anniversary wanted to share this beautiful memorial with you if you haven’t been.THREAD Image The white curve of the memorial stands out above the waves and prepares you for the solemn experience. Your mind begins to try and imagine what it was like that day. The planes above with armor piercing shells, the explosions as the Arizona began to sink.2/9 ImageImage
Nov 16, 2022 14 tweets 7 min read
Something amazing occurred in Florida last night, but not what’s leading the news. While political leaders seek to divide us, #Artemis launch pulls us together in new era of discovery. Someone asked me if returning to moon can still inspire. Here’s what I wish I said back. THREAD I can understand their skepticism. In some ways we have become a generation accustomed to seeing it all. The bombardment of Hollywood CGI dulled our capacity to be shocked. And current societal divisions leave us often in a state of fatigue and malaise. 2/14
Nov 8, 2022 7 tweets 6 min read
My wife and I have a tradition on ElectionDay where we just take the day and drive around just the two of us. We see so many beautiful places and fun stores in our district and meet wonderful people. Here are some of our adventures today.THREAD Image We started this tradition in 2018. We keep each other calm and relaxed on an otherwise stressful day. Driving around reminds us just how beautiful this slice of America is and helps us discover new places. Loved our breakfast in Lawrence. @wildflourNJ @thegingerdpeach 2/7 ImageImageImageImage
Nov 5, 2022 8 tweets 5 min read
If you’ve ever been to the Hamilton train station, you’ve likely seen huge sculptures of dancers based on Renoir paintings. This week, I learned those are called “escapees” from Grounds for Sculpture (@gfsnj), the most incredible sculpture garden. Let me show you around. THREAD Image Seward Johnson, of Johnson and Johnson, got his start painting. After discovering his love of sculpture, he wanted to create a public park to share it. He bought what used to be the Hamilton Fair Grounds – that was perfect for a new project. 2/8 Image
Sep 19, 2022 8 tweets 5 min read
Little story for you as I just learned something amazing. Everyone knows Brooklyn Bridge, but few know that it was built by Roebling family from my district who had simple yet revolutionary invention that changed our nation from Golden Gate Bridge to 1st Wright Bros plane.THREAD Image I stopped at the museum in town of Roebling. They told me the story of how John Roebling was working the NY canals back in mid 1800s and saw boats pulled by hemp rope that kept breaking. It sparked a revolutionary idea - creating rope from wire. 2/8 ImageImageImage
Sep 14, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
I got a fortune cookie last night at a Chinese restaurant that told me to invest in stocks. I told the server the cookie was wrong because I’m a member of Congress that shouldn’t own and trade individual stocks because of conflict of interest/insider trading. Here’s why…THREAD Image There are a lot of reasons Americans have lost trust in government. They see members of Congress investing in stocks of corporations that have business in Congress. They see Members selling stocks before the pandemic or before legislation passes. 2/6…
Aug 24, 2022 6 tweets 5 min read
Sometimes you come across a town that leaves such an impression. That’s how I felt a few yrs ago when I first drove through Allentown NJ. Stopped in this week at The Moth cafe. There’s nothing like it. Nothing in this town is cookie cutter. Let me show you around. THREAD ImageImage Allentown’s mayor, Mayor Fritts, Council President John Elder, and several community members met me at The Moth. I sensed the deep love each of them had for their community. They were fiercely protective of preserving what made this 1,800 person village what it is. 2/6 ImageImage
Aug 12, 2022 9 tweets 4 min read
We passed it! To all of you who kept fighting for years to compel action on climate change and prescription drugs, thank you. This vote is because of you. I met with young advocates outside the Capitol. They said it felt good to get this done. I said remember this feeling.THREAD Remember this feeling of progress, especially when we face tough moments to come. And we will face tough times as we have before. Today marks 5 yrs since the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, one of the dark days. Neo-nazis on our streets. Heather Heyer killed.2/9
Jul 27, 2022 7 tweets 4 min read
Today I had a profound moment at the opening of Korean War Wall of Remembrance. The MC asked those who served in the war to stand. I saw a man a few seats away rise and a few more around. Here I was, a KoreanAmerican realizing I would not be here today were it not for them.THREAD These Americans around me saved the lives of my grandparents and gave my parents a future. My parents told me the first Americans they ever met were servicemembers. My parents loved America from a young age because of them and sparked their dream of one day going to America.2/7
Jul 12, 2022 10 tweets 5 min read
This is the very first photograph ever taken of me. Today is 40 yrs later. I look at this photo and I’m proud of the life I have lived so far and how much I’ve grown as a person. But as I looked closely at this photo last night, I also saw something I never noticed before. THREAD In bottom corner I could faintly see a piece of paper with kid’s writing. I could tell it’s from my sister as the next photo is of her lovingly watching over me. As I zoomed in, I could see she wrote my name “Andy Kim” for the first time and placed it by my new eyes to see.2/10
Jun 25, 2022 11 tweets 5 min read
I was on House floor as decision striking Roe was announced. I realized it happened because I saw Marjorie Taylor Greene and others jump up and high five each other. I overheard what they said. One said he always dreamt of this day. Other said something that hit me hard…THREAD One Republican congressperson said something like “let’s keep this going now.” The words reinforced that this has always been their plan. It’s only the beginning. Republican leadership is hell bent on transforming America by rolling back our rights. Rolling back out progress 2/11
Jun 13, 2022 9 tweets 4 min read
My 6 y/o son recently bowed to me while saying “Ni-Hao.” I asked him why he did that as we don’t speak Chinese. He said that’s how other kids greet him. Today I told him I’m with the President as he signs a bill paving path towards a National Asian Pacific American Museum.THREAD My son didn’t fully understand what I meant. I told him one day there will hopefully be a museum in DC, alongside our great monuments, that tells our story. Our American story. An often unknown story starting hundreds of years ago. I told him I want of take him there one day.2/9
Jun 9, 2022 8 tweets 3 min read
This morning I got a text from a survivor who lost family to gun violence saying she was outside the Capitol. “Let me know where you are” I asked.

“I’m in a red shirt” she wrote. As I approached the rally I saw an absolute red sea of moms. It was a beautiful sight. THREAD Wasn’t sure though how to find my friend. She was laughing when I finally found her. “Very funny” I said as I gave her a hug. I met her years ago, before I became a member of Congress. With her follow moms, they have built an amazing community. Their energy gives me strength. 2/8
Apr 3, 2022 8 tweets 3 min read
Bucha. I never heard the name of this Ukrainian town until 16 hours ago, but I’ll never forget it for rest of my life. Hurts to confront these photos, but we cannot grow numb to this brutality. What we see isn’t just a massacre, it is a failure of “never again.” THREAD(Graphic) I spent many years of my life studying mass atrocities with hopes that shining light on past would prevent future ones from occurring. What I learned is that massacres of this magnitude never just happen spontaneously. They are premeditated, designed and executed.2/8
Mar 16, 2022 11 tweets 4 min read
Murderer in Atlanta spa shootings targeted AsianAmerican moms thinking they were weak. What he didn't know is that AAPI moms are the strongest among us, & our moms raised a generation of tough AAPI children ready to stand up. Today’s anniversary is a renewed call to action.THREAD A year ago, I was putting my kids to bed when I felt my phone vibrating. Alerts of a mass shooting in Atlanta targeting AAPI women. I think many of us remember where we were. We had already been on edge about rising violence, but Atlanta felt like it changed everything.2/11
Mar 15, 2022 10 tweets 3 min read
Just tested positive for COVID

Thankfully contact tracing warned me that a contact was positive

Thankfully I have rapid home tests

Thankfully I had no wait for PCRtest at pharmacy

Thankfully I got vaccinated

Thankfully my sweet son slipped a get well card under door
THREAD Image I caught COVID on 2yr anniversary of pandemic. Yes I feel miserable. Woke up in middle of night with fever, but I’m not scared like I would have been year or 2 ago. That doesn’t mean I’m not worried. Have elderly family and 4y/o still not vaxxed that I pray will not get sick.2/10
Feb 27, 2022 9 tweets 4 min read
After a long battle through the night, Ukrainian forces just declared victory in defending Kharkiv (2nd largest city in Ukraine) from Russian forces. The flag flies above the city. Word of this victory spread across country and Ukrainians tell me that morale is sky-high.THREAD Legends are emerging from the battles. Story of this Ukrainian soldier who died while blowing up a bridge to stop Russians from advancing was lionized by President Zelensky in a speech calling him a hero. 2/9.…