Derek Kilmer currently serves as United States Representative for the residents of Washington’s 6th Congressional District, and is a Member of the Appropriations Committee.
From the private sector, to the Washington state Capitol, and now the House of Representatives Derek has remained focused on the best ways to keep the region’s economy moving forward, strengthen the middle class, defend our troops and veterans, give our children a quality education, meet our commitment to seniors, and protect the region’s rich natural heritage.
Born and raised on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, the son of two school teachers, Derek saw firsthand how economic struggles impact working families and their communities. Motivated by the challenges that faced his hometown, Derek focused his studies on economic development, earning a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford in England.
Derek started his career as a business consultant for McKinsey & Company, assisting Washington state businesses, non-profits, and government agencies efforts to run more efficiently. Following his time at McKinsey, Derek went to work for the Economic Development Board (EDB) for Tacoma-Pierce County. In the decade he worked for the EDB, he served as Business Retention Manager and then as Vice President, working closely with hundreds of local small business owners and helping them create thousands of jobs.
Having worked in business and economic development, Derek gained an appreciation for the ways in which government impacts the ability of private sector companies to succeed and grow. Derek was elected to serve in the Washington state House in 2004 and to the state Senate in 2006. As the Senate’s lead capital budget writer, he helped craft a bipartisan proposal to target long-term economic growth, investing $1 billion in infrastructure statewide and directly creating 18,000 jobs. He also led a successful bipartisan effort in the Washington state Senate to balance the budget and reduce state debt.
Because of his time in the private sector and at the state capitol, Derek recognizes that if we’re going to truly confront our nation’s challenges, we need to work across party lines to find enduring and successful solutions. That is why he is currently a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus and the Bipartisan Working Group, consisting of Democrats and Republicans committed to putting aside partisan bickering and focusing, instead, on making progress for the country. He authored and obtained bipartisan support for the Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act, legislation that would reform and empower the FEC so that it can once again be an effective enforcer of our nation’s campaign finance laws.
Derek and his wife Jennifer live in Gig Harbor with their daughters Sophie and Tess and their Australian Shepard Truman.
U.S. Representative and Candidate for U.S. Senate, Arizona
“The unprecedented growth of dark money groups in politics is troubling, and I strongly oppose both court decisions. That is also why I support efforts to pass a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United and once again restoring transparency to campaign finance. My hope is that one day we are able to change the political landscape back to being about the issues rather than pushing the agendas of a handful of billionaires.” – Ann Kirkpatrick