U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer is a pragmatic, solutions-oriented lawmaker who walks the walk on issues of bipartisanship and effective government.
The moderate Democrat, who has represented the 6th Congressional District since 2013, is a leader with a strong work ethic and deep understanding of the district. He has earned voters’ continued support.
As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations subcommittees for defense, interior and environment, and energy and water development, Kilmer has effectively advocated for critical resources on behalf of his constituents.
As chair of the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, he has led efforts to streamline and improve Congressional operations — from staff recruitment and scheduling to purchasing, technology and innovation. Such yeoman’s work rarely makes banner headlines, but it makes a difference in the day-to-day workings of the legislative branch.
Kilmer’s thoughtful pragmatism is evident in his discussion about possible intersections between future COVID-19 recovery efforts and long-standing 6th District needs like rural access to broadband, affordable homeownership, national park maintenance and workforce development.
Kilmer faces Republican Elizabeth Kreiselmaier, of Gig Harbor, who did not respond to multiple invitations to speak with members of The Seattle Times editorial board.
Kilmer is clearly the best choice.