Derek Kilmer

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Derek Kilmer
Kilmer derek.jpg
Washington State Senate District 26
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 8
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
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
Office website
Campaign website
Derek Kilmer is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate. He has represented District 26 since 2007. He is a 2012 Democratic candidate who won election to the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District of Washington. [1]


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 BA in Public Affairs from Princeton. He then received his MA 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]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kilmer has been appointed to the following committees:



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.[1] He and Bill Driscoll (R) advanced past the August 7, 2012, blanket primary, 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.[4][5][6]


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.[7][8]

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.[9]

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


In 2010, Kilmer received $309,222 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.[10]

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. [11]

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


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

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Washington Senate District 26
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