Kim learned her work ethic from her parents. Joan and Jerry were each raised by strong, single mothers who worked hard to provide for their families. Joan worked as a bookkeeper and master quilt maker and Jerry was a blue-collar worker who served in the Coast Guard and as a Marine Corps Reservist during the Korean War. Together they built a family with Kim and her sister, Michele. Growing up, Kim played a variety of competitive sports including volleyball and basketball and enjoyed many outdoor activities including camping, dirt bike riding, archery and snow skiing.
While attending California State University, Long Beach, her family moved from Southern California and Kim worked as a youth sports official and recreation leader in the City of Lakewood Recreation Department to put herself through school. Kim quickly rose through the ranks of the department and began to forge her leadership skills as a Community Services Coordinator, overseeing the staff and programming for multiple recreation facilities. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s Degree.
In 1988 Kim married John Wyman and they moved to Ansbach, Germany where he was stationed with the U.S. Army’s First Armored Division. They spent two years living in Europe where she worked as an Employee Training and Development Specialist and completed her Master’s Degree in Public Administration through Troy State University. When John completed Ranger School in 1991, they relocated to Ft. Lewis, Washington with the 2nd Ranger Battalion.
The Wymans moved to Lacey as Kim began working in the Thurston County Auditor’s Office as the Assistant Recording Manager. The Wyman family grew with the birth of their daughter, Renée and later their son, Jordan. In 1993 Kim was promoted to Thurston County Elections Manager and served in that role for nearly a decade. In 2001 she was appointed as the Thurston County Auditor and was subsequently elected four times. In 2012 Kim was elected as Washington’s 15th Secretary of State and was re-elected in 2016.
Kim is recognized as a state and national leader in voter registration and elections innovation, having served on numerous boards and workgroups. She is a state and national certified elections administrator who has dedicated over 27 years to improving elections, promoting civic engagement and connecting people with their government. She supports military service members and their families, and encourages young people and women to develop and expand their leadership potential.
Kim and John enjoyed watching their children play sports while they were in school. In these post-college years, the Wymans are easing into the role of empty nesters as one child begins a career in engineering and the other serves as an attorney in the armed forces. In their spare time, John and Kim enjoy riding motorcycles, traveling, and watching football.