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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

Woodall Hosts Chamber President Kim at Joint Session of Congress

May 9, 2013
Press Release


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –  On Wednesday, President Park Geun-hye, the first woman President of the Republic of Korea, addressed a joint meeting of Congress.  U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) attended the joint meeting and took with him two representatives from the Seventh District, Mr. Travis Kim, Senior Executive Vice President of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce, USA, and President of the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta, and Mr. Andy Kim, Vice President of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce, U.S.A., Chairman and CEO of Corman Global Group, and Secretary of Korea Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S.A.

“Today President Park affirmed that the relationship between the United States and South Korea is the strongest that it has ever been.  I look forward to forging ahead as global allies and support our government’s commitment to the U.S.- South Korea Mutual Defense Treaty, which pledges all necessary means to defend South Korea,” Woodall said.

“Maintaining a strong relationship with our friends in South Korea is a top priority for me in Congress.  After all, Seventh District constituents, like Travis and Andy, are doing their part through pro-business organizations like the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta to build bridges between American investors and South Korean small and medium sized business enterprises.  With so many people working to strengthen this partnership—from our boots on the ground in Georgia to my work in Congress—our future with South Korea is a bright one,” Woodall said.

Additional Information

President Park is the sixth South Korean president to address a joint meeting of Congress.  Previous presidents include:


o       October 13, 2011: President Lee Myung-bak

o       June 10, 1998: President Kim Dae-jung

o       July 26, 1995: President Kim Yong-sam

o       October 18, 1989: President Roh Tae Woo

o       July 28, 1954: President Syngman Rhee

President Park Geun-hye’s speech in its entirety is available here.

Rep. Woodall will discuss his experience at the joint session of Congress as well give his perspective on the ongoing friendship between South Korea and the United States next Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 2:10PM, with Radio Korea Atlanta host Kevin Ingoo Kim, channel 1610AM.