Derek Kilmer

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Derek Kilmer
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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 is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Washington. Kilmer represents Washington's 6th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 2012.

He was previously a member of the Washington State Senate. He represented District 26 from 2007-2013.[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]

U.S. House


Kilmer serves on the following committees:[4]

Washington Senate


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kilmer served on 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.[5][6][7]

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"


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.[8][9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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


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 .[12]


In 2010, Kilmer received $309,222 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.[13]


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

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign. [14]

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


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.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[16]


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


Freedom Institute

See also: Freedom Institute's Big Spender List

The Freedom Institute 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. [17]


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 Institute’s 2012 Big Spender List.[18]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Norm Dicks
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 6
Succeeded by
Suzanne Bonamici (D)
Preceded by
Washington Senate District 26
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Washington State House
Succeeded by