|U.S. House, Washington, District 6|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Norm Dicks (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$9.14 in 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Washington State Senate|
|Washington State House of Representatives|
|Master's||University of Oxford|
|Ph.D.||University of Oxford|
|Birthday||January 1, 1974|
|Place of birth||Olympic Peninsula, WA|
|Profession||Vice President, Economic Development Board, Tacoma-Pierce County|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committees
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Kilmer is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.
Kilmer earned his certificate in American Studies from Princeton University. He went on to earn his B.A. in Public Affairs from Princeton. He then received his M.A. in Economic Development Policy followed by his PhD in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford.
Kilmer is a former business consultant for McKinsey and Company. He currently works as a business retention manager for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.
The following is an abbreviated list of Kilmer's professional and political career:
- 1999-2002: Management consultant for McKinsey and Co.
- 2002-2012: Vice-president of the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County
- 2013-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Washington
Kilmer serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Seapower & Projection Forces
- Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
- Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kilmer served on the following committees:
- Economic Development, Trade & Innovation Committee, Washington State Senate
- Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, Washington State Senate
- Ways and Means Committee, Washington State Senate, Vice Chair, Capital Budget Chair
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Kilmer's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Kilmer voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Kilmer voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Kilmer voted in support of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Kilmer voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Kilmer voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Kilmer joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Kilmer voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Kilmer voted for HR 2775.
On his Facebook page, Kilmer said he would give up his pay "for the duration of a government shutdown. I am dead set against a shutdown because it will have serious effects on our economy and because many people rely on services provided by federal agencies. The fact that some in Congress would risk a shutdown in order to score political points demonstrates why Congress is currently held in lower regard than head lice."
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
Kilmer signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill. The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Kilmer voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Kilmer has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Kilmer voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Kilmer is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 6th District. Kilmer is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
Kilmer won election to the U.S. House in 2012, representing Washington's 6th Congressional District. He and Bill Driscoll (R) advanced past the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, defeating Jesse L. Young (R), David Eichner (R), Doug Cloud (R), Stephan Andrew Brodhead (R) and Eric G. Arentz Jr. (I). They faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Washington District 6 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
- See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010
Derek Kilmer ran for re-election to the Washington State Senate District 26. He ran unopposed in the primary on August 17, 2010. He defeated Marty McClendon (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
|Washington State Senate, District 26 General Election (2010)|
|Derek Kilmer (D)||33,090||58.81%|
|Marty McClendon (R)||23,179||41.19%|
|Washington State Senate, District 26 Democratic Primary (2010)|
|Derek Kilmer (D)||18,949||55.92%|
|Marty McClendon (R)||12,696||37.47%|
In November 2006, Kilmer was re-elected for the 26th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 28,341 votes.
Kilmer raised $483,055 for his campaign.
|Washington State Senate, District 26 (2006)|
|Derek Kilmer (D)||28,341|
|James Hines (R)||18,924|
Comprehensive donor information for Kilmer is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kilmer raised a total of $1,873,136 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.
|Derek Kilmer's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Washington, District 6)||$1,873,136|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,873,136|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kilmer's reports.
|Derek Kilmer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 25, 2013||$166,934.15||$268,943.16||$(32,859.32)||$403,017.99|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$403,017.99||$285,481.34||$(56,679.93)||$631,819.40|
|October Quarterly||October 14, 2013||$631,819.40||$259,407.79||$(72,878.26)||$818,348.93|
|Year-end||January 31, 2014||$818,348||$209,364||$(46,654)||$981,058|
Kilmer won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Kilmer's campaign committee raised a total of $1,873,136 and spent $1,706,202 .
Cost per vote
Kilmer spent $9.14 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Washington District 6, 2012 - Derek Kilmer Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,826,276|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,827,361|
|Top contributors to Derek Kilmer's campaign committee|
|McKinsey & Co||$17,000|
|University of Washington||$16,000|
|National Education Assn||$15,200|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$70,000|
|Public Sector Unions||$68,200|
In 2010, Kilmer received $309,222 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.
|Washington State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Derek Kilmer's campaign in 2010|
|Puget Sound Energy||$3,200|
|Washington Restaurant Association||$2,400|
|Washington Beverage Association||$2,400|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||$2,400|
|Washington Chiropractic Trust||$2,400|
|Total Raised in 2010||$309,222|
In 2006, Kilmer collected $483,055 in donations.
Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign.
|Washington State Democratic Party||$50,966|
|Senate Democratic Campaign CMTE||$43,875|
|26th District Democrats||$24,000|
|Friends of Derek Kilmer 2006||$21,354|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Kilmer most often votes with:
Kilmer least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Kilmer missed 0 of 96 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kilmer's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $57,143 to $220,131. That averages to $138,637, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Kilmer ranked as the 371st most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Derek Kilmer Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Kilmer has voted with the Democratic Party 92.1% of the time, which ranked 136th among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.
- See also: Freedom Foundation's Big Spender List
The Freedom Foundation releases its Big Spender List annually. The Institute ranks all Washington legislators based on their total proposed tax and fee increases. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator.
Kilmer proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $17 million, tied for the 30th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.
The Freedom Foundation also issued its 2012 Informed Voter Guide for Washington State voters, including a legislative score card documenting how Washington State legislators voted upon bills the Foundation deemed important legislation. The legislation analyzed covered budget, taxation, and pension issues. A sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a sign indicates a bill out of step with the Foundation's values. Here's how Kilmer voted on the specific pieces of legislation:
|2012 Senate Scorecard - Derek Kilmer|
|Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)||Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
Derek and his wife, Jennifer, live in Gig Harbor with their daughter.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "Derek + Kilmer + Washington + Senate"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Senate Republicans want to alter makeup of state campaign finance regulator - TheNewsTribune.com
- Patty Murray and Derek Kilmer proposed bill to protect Olympics' wild places - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
- US Rep. Kilmer touts Wild Olympics legislation as balance between economy ... - Peninsula Daily
- Bill would expand wilderness area at Olympic National Forest - The Seattle Times
- Leaders trying to reach agreement on West Sound transportation package - Kitsap Sun
- Bill would expand wilderness area in Olympic forest - The Columbian
- Details in spending bill show hand of Sen. Patty Murray - The Seattle Times
- No Labels and More Than 65 Members of Congress Agree: Our Country Needs ... - Marketwired (press release)
- Washington Democrats, Pelosi make friendly wager on NFC championship game - Bellingham Herald
- Wild Olympics Bill to Protect Ancient Forests and Rivers Introduced (WA) - Kayak & Canoe News
- Washington's 6th Congressional District
- Washington's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014
- United States congressional delegations from Washington
- Political profiles:
- Financial (federal level):
- Financial (state level):
- Interest group ratings:
- Issue positions:
- Public statements:
- Voting record:
- Media coverage:
- The National Journal "Derek Kilmer Biography," accessed July, 2013
- 26th Legislative District Map
- Project Vote Smart - Sen. Kilmer
- Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Kilmer", accessed January 3, 2014
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Kilmer's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 17, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- Vote Smart, "Kilmer on agriculture", accessed October 17, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
- Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
- Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Kilmer's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 17, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Kilmer's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 17, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Kilmer on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
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- Washington Secretary of State "Candidate Filings," Accessed May 18, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," Accessed May 17, 2012
- AP Primary Results
- Our Campaigns, "WA District 6 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
- Washington Legislature Official primary results SOS
- Washington Legislature Official General Election Results
- Follow the Money's report on Kilmer's 2006 campaign contributions
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Derek Kilmer," Accessed April 5, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Derek Kilmer 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "October Quarterly" accessed October 29, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
- Open Secrets "Kilmer Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
- followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- 2006 contributors to Derek Kilmer
- Gov Track "Derek Kilmer," Accessed July 4, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Derek Kilmer," Accessed August 8, 2013
- GovTrack, "Derek Kilmer," Accessed April 11, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Kilmer, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state senators by proposed new taxes and fees
- Freedom Foundation, "Legislative Voting Record," accessed October 10, 2013
|U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 6
| Succeeded by|
Suzanne Bonamici (D)
|Washington Senate District 26
| Succeeded by|
|Washington State House
| Succeeded by|