Kim Moo-sung

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Kim Moo-sung
Kim Moo-sung State.jpg
Chairman of the Saenuri Party
In office
14 July 2014 – 14 April 2016
Preceded by Hwang Woo-yea
Succeeded by Won Yoo-chul (acting)
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
24 April 2013
Preceded by Lee Jae-kyun
Constituency Yeongdo District, Busan
In office
30 May 1996 – 29 May 2012
Preceded by Yoo Heung-soo
Succeeded by Suh Yong-kyo
Constituency Nam District, Busan
Personal details
Born (1951-09-20) 20 September 1951 (age 66)
Busan, South Korea
Citizenship Korean
Political party Liberty Korea Party
Other political
Bareun Party (2016)
Alma mater Hanyang University
Occupation Politician
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Mu-seong
McCune–Reischauer Kim Mu-sŏng

Kim Moo-sung (born 20 September 1951) is a South Korean politician as a member of the Liberty Korea Party. He was previously the Saenuri Party leader from 2014 to 2016.[1][2]


Kim graduated from Joongdong High School in Seoul in 1970. He graduated from Hanyang University in 1976, majoring in business administration. He also took courses on public policy in Korea University in 1999.

Kim received honorary doctorate degrees from the following institutions: Doctor of Policy from Pukyong National University (2003), Doctor of Public Administration from Korea Maritime and Ocean University (2006) and Honorary Doctor of Political Science from Dongguk University (2015).

Political career

Kim was first elected to the National Assembly representing the Nam District of Busan in 1996 as a member of the then-ruling New Korea Party. He was subsequently elected three more times from the same district and in 2008 was forced to run as an independent after losing renomination from his own party. He again failed to win renomination for the same constituency in 2012 and temporarily left politics between 2012 and 2013. He ran as the Saenuri Party candidate in a by-election held in Yeongdo District, Busan, and won his fifth term in the National Assembly in 2013. In 2014, he was elected leader of the ruling Saenuri Party. However, he resigned in April 2016 after the defeat of Saenuri Party in the National Assembly.

Potential candidacy for presidency

In a 2015 interview, Kim said he was "not yet qualified to be president".[4] In November 2016, he suspended his presidential campaign process and declared that he would joint the impeachment process against President Park Geun-hye.

Controversy and in popular media

"Charcoal" skin color remarks

Kim faced criticism for comparing the skin color of a black Nigerian student to that of charcoal briquettes.[5] He later apologized to the Yeungnam University student on 18 December 2015.[6]

"No look pass"

Kim went viral both in Korea and abroad after he was filmed at an airport arrival area. He slid over a bright light green suitcase manner to his assistant without having looked over where he was passing the suitcase off to. This prompted him to be featured on international media outlets, as well as criticized by some as looking elitist and condescending.[7][8]

Family during Japanese Occupation

During World War II in the period of Japanese Occupation, Kim's father was a collaborator who reported urged Koreans to make donations to support Japan's war efforts.[9][10]

External links

  • Official website (in Korean)
  • Kim Moo-sung on Twitter
  • Kim Moo-sung on Facebook


  1. ^ "Saenuri Party elects Rep. Kim Moo-sung as new chairman". The Korea Herald. July 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ruling party reeling from election rout: Saenuri to launch emergency leadership, take in defectors". The Korea Herald. April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Politician's suitcase incident goes viral for summing up entitled middle-aged men". The Independent. 2017-05-24. Retrieved 2017-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Kim Moo-sung says he's not yet qualified to be president". The Hankyoreh. August 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Rep. Kim Moo-sung sorry for skin-color joke". The Korea Times. December 18, 2015. Archived from the original on December 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Saenuri chief apologizes for racist remark". Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  7. ^ "Politician's suitcase incident goes viral for summing up entitled middle-aged men". The Independent. 2017-05-24. Retrieved 2017-07-29. 
  8. ^ "South Korean politician criticized for 'no-look' luggage toss at Seoul airport". Fox News. 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2017-07-29. 
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