Rep. Andy Kim named chair of Small Business subcommittee
U.S. Rep. Andy Kim was given a rare honor for a freshman in Congress: a chairman’s post.
Kim, D-3rd of Bordentown Township, will serve as chair of the House Small Business Committee’s subcommittee for Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.
The subcommittee is one of five within the House Small Business Committee and is typically responsible for overseeing legislation related to U.S. financial markets and the ability of small businesses to obtain the capital they need to grow.
“I’m excited and eager to take on this leadership role fighting for small businesses and the communities they support,” Kim said in a statement announcing his appointment. “My highest priority is listening to small business owners across New Jersey’s Third District and helping them access the resources they need to grow and create jobs.”
In addition to the Small Business Committee, Kim was assigned to the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees military policy and spending. He said the latter appointment would help him advocate for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and its more than 40,000 employees.
Kim briefly discussed both his assignments during a town hall meeting in Pemberton Township on Sunday, saying they would allow him to look out for his district’s largest employer as well as its smallest.
“We have to look out for our largest employer in the district but we have to look out for everybody else too,” he said. “I’m the only member of Congress from the entire state of New Jersey on that committee and I’m proud of it because we’ve got to make sure we’re looking out for our small businesses.”
Kim said many of the conversations he’s had since taking office have involved small business owners, who he said are critical to New Jersey’s and the nation’s economy.
“We want to make sure our government isn’t just focused on the biggest corporations instead of being focused on the small businesses that are driving growth in our country right now,” the congressman said during the town hall. “Over two-thirds of new jobs in New Jersey are coming from small business. That’s where the recovery has been since 2008. I want to continue this progress.”