Lee Jae-myung (Korean이재명; Hanja李在明; born 22 December 1964[1]) is a South Korean politician in the liberal Democratic Party of Korea. He was Mayor of Seongnam since 2010 to 2018,[2] and ran unsuccessfully for the National Assembly in 2008. In 2016, he was named by interim party leader Kim Chong-in as a contender for the 2017 presidential election.[3] His approval rating for presidential candidacy is about 16 percent as of December 2016, being one of the "Big 3" potential candidates for 2017 presidential election.[4] Some of his notable achievements include Seongnam's social welfare program which is regarded as one of the most comprehensive social welfare programs in the nation for the city's elderly citizens and youth,[5] and banning of dogmeat from Moran Market which has been the largest dogmeat market in South Korea since 1960.[6][7][8]

Lee Jae-myung
2015 G-RANK KOREA 시상식 (이재명 성남시장).jpg
Lee Jae-myung in 2015
Governor of Gyeonggi Province
Assumed office
1 July 2018
Preceded byNam Kyung-pil
Mayor of Seongnam
In office
1 July 2010 – 15 March 2018
Preceded byLee Dae-yup
Succeeded byEun Su-mi
Personal details
Born (1964-12-22) 22 December 1964 (age 55)
Andong, South Korea
CitizenshipSouth Korean
Political partyDemocratic Party of Korea
Alma materChung-Ang University
Lee Jae-myung
Revised RomanizationI Jaemyeong
McCune–ReischauerYi Chaemyŏng

Born in Andong, Lee studied law at Chung-Ang University, and went on to work in that field before his entry into politics.[1]


  1. ^ a b "이재명". Daum Encyclopedia. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Doubt of the benefit: A local experiment to expand handouts ruffles the central government". The Economist. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Split voting could boost fate of People's Party". Korea JoongAng Daily. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  4. ^ "이재명 명실상부 대권주자 '빅3'… 국민의당 지지율↓-리얼미터". 8 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  5. ^ "이재명표 복지정책 빛났다…'공공서비스 대상' 받아 - 아시아경제". 11 November 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  6. ^ "모란시장에서 개고기 사라진다 - 다음뉴스". 13 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Actress admits to affair with Lee Jae-myung". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Mature actress defends her troubled mother". 11 June 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.