Yoo Seong-min

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Yoo Seong-min
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
27 October 2005
Preceded by Park Chang-dal
Constituency Dong B (Daegu)
In office
30 May 2004 – 12 October 2005
Constituency Proportional representation
Personal details
Born (1958-01-07) January 7, 1958 (age 59)
Daegu, South Korea
Citizenship South Korean
Political party Bareun (2017–present)
Other political
Saenuri (2000–2016; 2016)[1][2]
Independent (2016; 2016–2017)[3][4]
Alma mater Seoul National University
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Occupation politician, economist
Religion Buddhism
Military service
Allegiance  South Korea
Service/branch Republic of Korea Army
Years of service 1979–1981
Rank ROK Army Byeongjang.png Byeongjang
Korean name
Revised Romanization Yu Seungmin
McCune–Reischauer Yu Sŭngmin
This is a Korean name; the family name is Yoo.

Yoo Seong-min[a] (유승민, born January 7, 1958), also spelled as Yoo Seung-min, is a South Korean economist and politician. He is the son of late Daegu court chief attorney and parliament member Yoo Soo-ho.

Early Life

He graduated from Seoul National University for bachelor's degree of economics, and studied abroad at University of Wisconsin–Madison for Ph.D in economics with a focus on industrial organization theory.

Hannara/Saenuri Party Member

He was elected as member of the National Assembly four times since 2004 as a member of the conservative Hannara Party. Yoo also served as Chief of Staff to future President and then-lawmaker Park Geun-hye in 2005.[5]

Yoo was the floor leader for the Saenuri Party (renamed from Hannara) in the National Assembly. He resigned from the position in July 2015.[6][7] After being deselected in the party's nominations process, he stood as an independent in the 2016 general election and still managed to win with nearly three quarters of the vote. He stated after the election in interview that he would return to the Saenuri Party.[8]

Bareun Party

Yoo went onto help form, and joined, the political group New Conservative Party for Reform, later permentantly renamed the Bareun Party, during the 2016 South Korean political scandal.

He is currently running in the 2017 South Korean presidential election.[9] Yoo faced a primary challenge against Nam Kyung-pil to be his party's nominee.[10] He went onto win the presidential nomination of the Bareun Party in March 28, 2017.[11]


  1. ^ "Seung-min" in Revised Romanization.


  1. ^ "'대통령에 맞선 자', 지인들이 말하는 유승민의 과거" (in Korean). The Hankyoreh. July 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ "'비박' 유승민 새누리 복당…친박 반발로 또 내홍" (in Korean). Yonhap News Agency. June 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ "[속보] 유승민 탈당 및 무소속 출마 선언" (in Korean). The Chosun Ilbo. March 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ "비박계 의원 29명 집단탈당…'개혁보수신당' 창당 선언(종합)" (in Korean). Yonhap News Agency. December 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ "유승민 (정치인)". 위키백과, 우리 모두의 백과사전 (in Korean). 2016-12-27. 
  6. ^ "Saenuri Party Floor Leader Resigns". 
  7. ^ "Political Contrast: Saenuri Floor Leader Yoo Seung-min Pursues Liberal Economic Policies, Conservative Security". Business Korea. 2015-04-10. Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  8. ^ "무소속 유승민 4선 성공 "한번도 새누리당人 아니라고 생각한적 없어"" (in Korean). Korea Economic TV. 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  9. ^ "29 lawmakers break away from Saenuri Party". koreatimes. 2016-12-27. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  10. ^ "유승민 대 남경필, 오늘 오후 5시 한명만 웃는다" (in Korean). 2017-03-28. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  11. ^ "Rep. Yoo Seong-min wins Bareun Party nomination". koreatimes. 2017-03-28. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
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