Kilmer's bipartisanship and economic-development background make him a strong representative of District 6 and a valuable member of the state's Congressional delegation.
Voters in Congressional District 6 are lucky to be represented by U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, a productive, bipartisan lawmaker focused on economic development and job creation.
Kilmer should be re-elected to another term in the House. He was first elected to the position in 2012, after serving in the legislature since 2005. The Port Angeles native went to Princeton, Oxford and McKinsey & Company as a business consultant before working in economic development in Pierce County.
The Gig Harbor Democrat represents a sprawling district that includes the Olympic Peninsula and extends into Pierce and Mason counties. Kilmer is particularly proud of projects to bridge different interests, such as an agreement between environmentalists and the timber industry to increase harvest levels.
In recent years Kilmer has worked to overcome the polarization in Congress. He co-chairs the Bipartisan Working Group of Democrats and Republicans who meet weekly for breakfast when in Washington, D.C. to find common ground. That led to Kilmer-backed bills to reform Veterans Administration management and reform the Federal Elections Commission.
A bigger lift is on Kilmer’s to-do list during the next term: Reforming House rules to allow votes on bills that have bipartisan support but aren’t getting surfaced.
Republican challenger Douglas Dightman, a Shelton doctor, did not return a call to discuss his campaign.
District 6 voters should elect Kilmer to another term.