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Derek Kilmer
Kilmer derek.jpg
U.S. House, Washington, District 6
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorNorm Dicks (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State Senate
Washington State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
Master'sUniversity of Oxford
Ph.D.University of Oxford
Date of birthJanuary 1, 1974
Place of birthOlympic Peninsula, WA
ProfessionVice President, Economic Development Board, Tacoma-Pierce County
Net worth$477,008
Office website
Campaign website
Derek Kilmer (b. January 1, 1974, in Olympic Pennisula, Washington) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Washington's 6th Congressional District. Kilmer was first elected in 2012 and is currently serving his first term.

Kilmer ran for re-election in Washington's 6th Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his election to the United States House of Representatives, Kilmer served as a a member of both the Washington State Senate and the Washington House of Representatives.[1]

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.


From 2005 to 2007, Kilmer served in the Washington State House of Representatives.[2]

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.[3]


The following is an abbreviated list of Kilmer's professional and political career:[4]

  • 1999-2002: Management consultant for McKinsey and Co.
  • 2002-2012: Vice-president of the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County[1]
  • 2013-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Washington


U.S. House


Kilmer serves on the following committees:[5]

Washington Senate


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kilmer served on the following committees:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Kilmer's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Voted "No" 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.[10] 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.[11] Kilmer voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "Yes" 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.[13] 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.[14]

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."[15]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Kilmer voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[16] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[17]

King Amendment

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.[18] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[19]. 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

Voted "No" 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Kilmer has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[22]

Social issues


Voted "No" 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.[23]



See also: Washington's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Kilmer ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Washington's 6th District. Kilmer sought the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Washington's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Kilmer won election to the U.S. House in 2012, representing Washington's 6th Congressional District.[24] 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.[25][26][27][28]

U.S. House, Washington District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Kilmer 59% 186,661
     Republican Bill Driscoll 41% 129,725
Total Votes 316,386
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 6 Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Kilmer (D) 53.4% 86,436
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Driscoll (R) 18.3% 29,602
Jesse Young (R) 11.2% 18,075
Doug Cloud (R) 8.8% 14,267
David (Ike) Eichner (R) 4.9% 7,966
Eric G. Arentz Jr. (I) 2.5% 4,101
Stephan Andrew Brodhead(R) 0.9% 1,387
Total Votes 161,834


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.[29][30]

Washington State Senate, District 26 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Derek Kilmer (D) 33,090 58.81%
Marty McClendon (R) 23,179 41.19%
Washington State Senate, District 26 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Derek Kilmer (D) 18,949 55.92%
Green check mark transparent.png Marty McClendon (R) 12,696 37.47%
Kristine Danielson 2,238 6.61%


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.[31]

Washington State Senate, District 26 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Derek Kilmer (D) 28,341
James Hines (R) 18,924

Campaign donors

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.[32]

Derek Kilmer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Washington, District 6) Won $1,873,136
Grand Total Raised $1,873,136


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kilmer's reports.[33]


Breakdown of the source of Kilmer's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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 .[39]

Cost per vote

Kilmer spent $9.14 per vote received in 2012.


In 2010, Kilmer received $309,222 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.[40]


In 2006, Kilmer collected $483,055 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign. [41]

Donor Amount
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

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kilmer is a "centrist Democratic follower," as of July 4, 2013.[42]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[43]

Kilmer most often votes with:

Kilmer least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[44]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kilmer's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $233,016 and $721,000. That averages to $477,008, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[45]

Voting with party

Kilmer voted with the Democratic Party 92.1% of the time, which ranked 136th among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[46]


Freedom Foundation

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. [47]


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.[48]

See also: Washington Freedom Foundation Legislative Scorecard

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.[49] A Approveda sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a Defeatedd 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)Approveda Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)Approveda Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda


Derek and his wife Jennifer live in Gig Harbor with their daughter.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The National Journal "Derek Kilmer Biography," accessed July, 2013
  2. 26th Legislative District Map
  3. Project Vote Smart - Sen. Kilmer
  4. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Kilmer", accessed January 3, 2014
  5. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Kilmer's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 17, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  16. Vote Smart, "Kilmer on agriculture", accessed October 17, 2013
  17. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  18. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  19. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  20. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Kilmer's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 17, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Kilmer's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 17, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Kilmer on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
  24. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cnnr
  25. Washington Secretary of State "Candidate Filings," Accessed May 18, 2012
  26. Washington Secretary of State "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," Accessed May 17, 2012
  27. AP Primary Results
  28. Our Campaigns, "WA District 6 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  29. Washington Legislature Official primary results SOS
  30. Washington Legislature Official General Election Results
  31. Follow the Money's report on Kilmer's 2006 campaign contributions
  32. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Derek Kilmer," Accessed April 5, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Kilmer 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  39. Open Secrets "Kilmer Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
  40. followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  41. 2006 contributors to Derek Kilmer
  42. Gov Track "Derek Kilmer," Accessed July 4, 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Rep. Derek Kilmer," Accessed August 8, 2013
  44. GovTrack, "Derek Kilmer," Accessed April 11, 2013
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Kilmer (D-WA), 2011"
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  47. Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
  48. Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state senators by proposed new taxes and fees
  49. My Freedom Foundation, "Home," accessed June 18, 2014
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Norm Dicks
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 6
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Suzanne Bonamici (D)
Preceded by
Washington Senate District 26
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Washington State House
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