Since leaving office in June, former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been spending a lot of time in New York with his new girlfriend.
Kim Honig, 31, is a Manhattan-based sales director for a financial software company. She and Villaraigosa, 61, have been dating for several months.
“It's serious,” says a source familiar with the ex-mayor's dating life.
The relationship is Villaraigosa's first serious romance since he broke up with TV personality Lu Parker in May 2012.
At 31, Honig is younger than the mayor's previous two girlfriends. Parker was 38 when they began dating in 2009. Telemundo anchor Mirthala Salinas was 35 when news broke of her affair with the mayor in 2007, which ended his marriage and damaged his public reputation.
Villaraigosa and Honig were photographed together at a benefit in East Hampton, New York, last August.
The event was a fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The couple was also photographed with Michael Milken, the former junk-bond king who is chairman of the foundation.
Honig works for TIM Group, which sells financial software to institutional brokers. She grew up in Boston and has a business degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. According to her profile on LinkedIn, she enjoys tennis, skiing, volleyball and travel.
Villaraigosa has taken on a number of jobs since leaving office. He is an adviser to Herbalife and Estrella TV, a part-time professor at USC, and a fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank.
Email messages to the former mayor's office were not returned. Attempts to reach Honig were also not successful.