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Derek Kilmer

Derek Kilmer
Derek Kilmer 113th Congress.jpg
Chair of the New Democrat Coalition

January 3, 2019 - January 3, 2021
Jim Himes
Suzan DelBene
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 6th district

January 3, 2013
Norm Dicks
Member of the Washington Senate
from the 26th district

January 3, 2007 - January 3, 2013
Robert Oke
Nathan Schlicher
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 26th district

January 3, 2005 - January 3, 2007
Lois McMahan
Larry Seaquist
Personal details
Born
Derek Christian Kilmer

(1974-01-01) January 1, 1974 (age 47)
Port Angeles, Washington, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jennifer Kilmer
Children2
EducationPrinceton University (BA)
Green Templeton College, Oxford (MA, PhD)
WebsiteHouse website

Derek Christian Kilmer (born January 1, 1974) is an American businessman and politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Washington's 6th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Kilmer previously served as a member of the Washington House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007 and as a member of the Washington State Senate from 2007 to 2013, representing the 26th district.

On March 5, 2012, Kilmer announced he was running to succeed Norm Dicks for the seat representing Washington's 6th congressional district.[1] On November 6, 2012, Kilmer won the general election to become the district's next representative.[2] He received 186,661 votes, to opponent Bill Driscoll's 129,725.[3]

Early life, education, and business career

Kilmer was born and raised in Port Angeles, Washington. Both of his parents were public school teachers. Kilmer earned a B.A. in public affairs with a certificate in American Studies from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1996. He completed his 184-page long senior thesis, titled "Recovering From the Addiction: The Social and Economic Impacts of the Pacific Northwest Timber Crisis; An Analysis of the Implementation of the Clinton Forest Plan on Washington's Olympic Peninsula", under the supervision of Steven R. Brechin.[4] He won a Marshall Scholarship to obtain his Ph.D. in Comparative Social Policy from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at Green Templeton College, Oxford.[5]

Kilmer is a former business consultant for McKinsey and Company. He was also a business retention manager for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County. He is also a trustee for Tacoma Community College and served on the board of Peninsula Schools Education Foundation.[6][7]

Washington legislature

Elections

In 2004, Kilmer challenged incumbent Republican State Representative Lois McMahan of Washington's 26th house district, seat 2. He defeated her 50%-48%, a difference of 1,009 votes.[8]

In 2006, Republican State Senator Bob Oke decided to retire. Kilmer decided to run for Washington's 26th senate district. He defeated Republican Jim Hines 60%-40%.[9] In 2010, he won re-election to a second term, defeating Marty McClendon 59%-41%.[10]

Tenure

In 2007, he was one of just three Democratic state senators to vote against the bill that would allow labor unions to spend non-members' bargaining fees on political causes without first getting their permission.[11]

He sponsored the Senate bill that would increase fines to pay for a new $849 million Tacoma Narrows bridge in his district.[12]

Business groups have praised Kilmer for being one of the most pro-business Democrats in Olympia. He is the three-time recipient of the "LEADER Award" from the Washington Economic Development Association. He was named the "Legislative Business Star Award" from Enterprise Washington's Business Institute. He was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was recognized by the Northwest Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America as "Legislator of the Year". He was also named "Legislator of the Year" by the Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs. He was named an "Honorary Fire Chief" by the Washington Fire Chiefs.[13]

Committee assignments (State of Washington)

Senate
  • Capital Budget Committee (Chair)
  • Economic Development, Trade, & Innovation Committee
  • Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee
  • Ways and Means Committee (Vice Chair)[14]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2012

Kilmer in 2012

After redistricting, Democratic U.S. Congressman Norm Dicks decided to retire. Kilmer decided to run for the newly redrawn Washington's 6th congressional district. He won the endorsements from The Seattle Times, which called him "a problem solver who can be bipartisan." The News Tribune of Tacoma praised him for having "an uncommon understanding of trade, business taxation, smart regulation, job creation and other fundamentals of economic growth." Port Angeles, Rep. Kilmer's hometown and an area which he was elected to represent suffers from an unemployment rate 2.3 percent higher than the Washington State average, consistent with the rate of increase recorded before he took office.[15][16] In the November general election, he defeated Republican nominee Bill Driscoll 59%-41%. He won all six counties in the district.[17][18]

Tenure

Israel policy

Derek Kilmer was a cosponsor of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013.[19]

Kilmer was part of a 37-member congressional delegation that visited Israel. The trip was sponsored by the lobby group American Israel Education Foundation, with the stated goal of working to strengthen strategic economic and military cooperation between Israel and the United States.[20]

Through his co-sponsorship of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013,[21] Rep. Kilmer supports spending U.S. tax revenue to fund Israel's military, and to provide assistance for collaboration in the fields of energy, water, homeland security, agriculture, and alternative fuel technologies.

Legislation

On October 29, 2013, Kilmer introduced the American Savings Promotion Act (H.R. 3374; 113th Congress), a bill that would authorize some financial institutions to conduct a contest, known as a "savings promotion raffle," in which the sole consideration required for a chance of winning designated prizes is obtained by the deposit of a specified amount of money in a savings account or program, where each ticket or entry has an equal chance of being drawn.[22][23]

Kilmer was ranked as the 33rd most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress (and the third most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington) in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).[24]

The subject has sponsored election reform legislation to rewrite the Federal Election Commission law, citizen financing of campaigns, and to require disclosure of financing of social media electioneering.[25]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

References

  1. ^ "State Sen. Kilmer Running for US Rep. Dicks' Open Seat".
  2. ^ Schrader, Jordan; Shannon, Brad. "Democrats Derek Kilmer, Denny Heck win Congressional races". theolympian.com. The Olympian. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Reed, Sam. "6th Congrressional District Results". 2012 election results. WA STATE SEC OF STATE. Archived from the original on August 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ Kilmer, Derek. Brechin, Steven; Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (eds.). "Recovering From the Addiction: The Social and Economic Impacts of the Pacific Northwest Timber Crisis; An Analysis of the Implmentation of the Clinton Forest Plan on Washington's Olympic Peninsula". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Project Vote Smart - The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Princeton Alumni Weekly -- January 24, 1996". Princeton University. January 24, 1996. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "Full Biography". Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Our Campaigns - WA District 26 Seat 2 Race - Nov 02, 2004". Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns - WA State Senate District 26 Race - Nov 07, 2006". Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Our Campaigns - WA State Senate District 26 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Unions get OK for political spending". seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "Senate approves fine for drivers who skip bridge toll". KOMO News. February 25, 2007. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Derek Kilmer". Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ "KONP / Local News / Unemployment rate up again in Clallam County". Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ "Port Angeles, WA Unemployment - Homefacts". Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ "Our Campaigns - WA District 6 Race - Nov 06, 2012". Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ "Login". Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013-2014) - H.R.938 - CRS Summary - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved 2014.
  20. ^ "In the Middle East, a congressman learns that nothing's simple". Retrieved 2014.
  21. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013-2014) - H.R.938 - CRS Summary - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved 2014.
  22. ^ "H.R. 3374 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 2014.
  23. ^ Wisniewski, Mary (October 31, 2013). "Bill to Expand Prize-Linked Savings Introduced to Congress". American Banker. Retrieved 2014.
  24. ^ The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index (PDF), The Lugar Center, March 7, 2016, retrieved 2017
  25. ^ Brawner, Greta, host, with Ackley,Kate. Roll Call. Senior Staff Writer and Scott Wong. The Hill. Senior Staff Writer. (18 July 2019). "Newsmakers Series" C-Span website approx 17 mins, in Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  26. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  28. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ "90 Current Climate Solutions Caucus Members". Citizen´s Climate Lobby. Retrieved 2018.
  30. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved 2018.
  31. ^ "Larson, Sanders, Warren Announce Expand Social Security Caucus". Congressman John Larson. September 13, 2018. Retrieved 2020.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Norm Dicks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 6th congressional district

2013-present
Incumbent
New office Chair of the House Modernization Committee
2019-present
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jim Himes
Chair of the New Democrat Coalition
2019-2021
Succeeded by
Suzan DelBene
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Dan Kildee
United States Representatives by seniority
179th
Succeeded by
Ann McLane Kuster

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