Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno was born in Waterloo, Iowa. As a child, she moved frequently throughout the country before calling New Jersey her home. Her husband, Mike, grew up in Monmouth County, and it is there they decided to raise their three boys, Kevin, Michael and Anderson.
After graduating from Ursinus College in 1980, and then American University law school in 1983, Kim began her public career as a federal prosecutor. She earned a reputation as being tough and independent, qualities that proved valuable during her successful tenure on the Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force in Brooklyn, NY.
After Kim married her husband, she moved to New Jersey, where she took a position in the United States
Attorney's office in Newark. For her achievements, she was awarded the United States Department of Justice's highest honor
on two separate occasions.