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From South Korea Korea
Gender female
Birth 25 December 1959, Naju, South Jeolla Province, South Korea
Age: 60 years
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Yumi Hogan (née Kim; born December 25, 1959) is the First Lady of the State of Maryland and the wife of Larry Hogan, the Governor of Maryland. She became the first South Korean-born first lady in the United States, as well as Maryland's First Lady, with the inauguration of her husband as governor of Maryland in January 2015. Formerly using the surname Kim, she was born in Naju, South Jeolla Province, South Korea.

Early life and education

The youngest of eight children, Hogan grew up on a chicken farm outside of Seoul and immigrated with her first husband to the United States while in her twenties. After living in Hawaii, Texas and then California, she divorced and moved to Maryland in the early 1990s, settling in Howard County. To support her three daughters, she taught in her basement and worked as a cashier.

Career

Self-described as "traditional", Hogan holds Presbyterian religious beliefs, was hesitant to tell her family of her divorce, and did not live with her husband until they were married. She became a U.S. citizen in 1994. Hogan's artwork, primarily abstract landscapes in Sumi ink on Korean Hanji paper, has been shown locally and around the world and it was at an art show in Columbia that she and Larry Hogan met in 2001. They were married in 2004 at Paca House and Garden in Annapolis. Hogan's husband encouraged her art interest and she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting degree from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from American University in 2010.

Personal life

As First Lady of Maryland, Hogan has continued to teach as an adjunct faculty member at her MICA alma mater, and she plans to support the arts community and social issues such as those affecting single mothers.

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