The son of two school teachers, Derek Kilmer was born and raised on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. 
With over a decade of experience working in economic development in the Puget Sound region, Derek Kilmer is focused on getting our economy and our Congress back to work.
Born and raised in Port Angeles, Derek saw firsthand how the region's economy has struggled, and the impact that has had on families and communities. The son of two school teachers, Derek was taught to appreciate the value of education. Derek wanted to make a difference in his community, so he chose to study public policy, looking for ways to help economically struggling communities. He received a BA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned a doctorate from the University of Oxford in England.
Derek put his education into practice right here in Washington, first as a business consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he helped businesses, non-profits, and government agencies run more efficiently. He moved closer to the community he was raised in so he could put his experience in economic development to use helping to retain jobs and attract new employers during the decade he worked for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.
After seeing how the decisions that government made affected employers in our region, Derek decided to put his experience to work in Olympia. He served in the Washington state House from 2005 to 2007 and the state Senate from 2007 until he was elected to the US House in 2012. While in Olympia, Derek was the principal writer of the state's capital budget, and helped author a bipartisan infrastructure package that has been credited with creating 18,000 jobs. He also led a successful bipartisan effort in the Washington state Senate to balance the budget and reduce state debt.
Derek was reelected to a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 and chosen by his Democratic colleagues to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, one of only four ‘exclusive’ committees in the House. Derek serves on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee and Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee.
Derek is a strong supporter of Naval Base Kitsap and Joint Base Lewis-McChord and has secured key investments to ensure that these installations will continue to play an essential role in our national defense and our local economy. He also believes we must provide servicemembers and their families, veterans, military retirees, and the civilian workforce with the support they deserve.
Derek has learned that addressing the challenges facing our nation will require an end to political brinkmanship and a focus on finding common sense, practical solutions. He's a member of organizations like the Bipartisan Working Group and the Problem Solvers Caucus, which work to bring Democrats and Republicans together to forge greater consensus on a wide variety of issues. In his four years serving in the House of Representatives, Derek has returned over $300,000 from his office budget to help pay for deficit reduction.
In his time in Congress, Derek has been recognized by a wide variety of groups for his effectiveness and advocacy. He’s been awarded the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest honor a civilian not employed by the Navy can receive from the Secretary of the Navy. Derek has also received a Silver Helmet award from AMVETS and a Friend of the National Parks award from the National Parks Conservation Association, been named a Hero of Main Street by the National Retail Federation, an Outstanding New Member by the Voices for National Service, and a Humane Champion by the Humane Society.
2012 CLW House victories
2012 Council for a Livable World House Victories were;
Ron Barber (D-AZ), Ami Bera (D-CA), Tim Bishop (D-NY) Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Lois Capps (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), John Garamendi (D-CA), Joe Garcia (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Denny Heck (D-WA), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Brad Schneider(D-IL), Carol Shea-Porter(D–NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Mark Takano(D-CA) and John Tierney(D-MA)..
The Council said of Kilmer;
- Kilmer sees the New START nuclear weapons reduction treaty, which was ratified by the Senate in 2010 as an important step toward a world free of nuclear weapons. He supports new negotiations with Russia build on the success of New START and move toward deeper reductions in nuclear weapons. He also support negotiations with Russia to take our nuclear arsenals off “hair trigger alert” and find effective mechanisms for both countries to increase the time to make a decision to use nuclear weapons. He supports ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and opposes efforts to develop new types of nuclear weapons.
JStreet endorsed him again in 2016.
- Kilmer, whose 102 year old grandmother survived the Holocaust, has a very personal connection to Israel and strongly supports US leadership in brokering a two-state solution.
ARA endorsement, 2012
ARA PAF endorsement, 2014
Tim Wheeler October 19, 2014 ·
Honeybee and I are heading down to Bremerton to doorbell for Nathan Schlicher for State Legislature. Voters got their mail ballots a couple of days ago. Yesterday we doorbelled in Port Angeles for U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, for Sissi Bruch for County Commissioner, for Steve Tharinger for State Legislature, Mary Ellen Winborn for Director of Community Development.
Rep. Kilmer grew up in Port Angeles. He lives in Gig Harbor with his family but he was "back home" doorbelling in PA yesterday. I knocked on one door on 10th St. in PA. A man answered and I gave my pitch. "We're doorbelling for Rep. Derek Kilmer and...." He cut me off. "Derek Kilmer's dad was my favorite teacher. You've got my vote for the entire ticket and my wife's too." Nothing like having a "favorite son" on the ballot! DON't FORGET TO FILL OUT YOUR BALLOT AND DROP IT IN THE MAIL! — with Sissi Bruch, Carlyn Syvanen, Steve Tharinger and Norma Turner.
Friends of Derek Kilmer
The 2nd Annual Port Angeles Pie-tacular Public · Hosted by Friends of Derek Kilmer
Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 5 PM – 6:30 PM PDT
Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, 401 E. 1st Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Please Join Congressman Derek Kilmer and our Host's: Lower Elwha Tribe, Mayor Cherie Kidd, Mayor Ken Hays, Mayor Bryon Monohon, Commissioner Mike Doherty and Paula Doherty, Rep. Steve Tharinger, Rep. Kevin Van de Wege, Howie Ruddell, Bill Biery and Nancy Biery, Eileen Schmitz, Dave Woodruff and Jeanette Woodruff, Pat Willits, Roger Oakes, Pat Johansen, Roger Fight, Bob Zindel, Mickie Vail, Andrea Radich, Zac Garripoli, Leroy Martin, Mary Hebert, Craig Ritchie, Edna Petersen, Kris Grier, Laura O'Neal, Madeline Harrington, Patty Hannah, Nina Richards, Todd Holm, Carlyn Syvanen and Stephen Vause, Derek Medina, Jim Wesley and Kathy Wesley, Dr. Eugene Turner and Norma Turner, Mollie Lingvall, Mark Fischer, Hugh Haffner and Diane Haffner, Ed Grier and Nancy Grier, and Jim Mantooth and Robbie Mantooth for some great pie and conversation.
Clallam County Democrats
Tim Wheeler and Joyce Wheeler December 21, 2016 went to the funeral home in Port Angeles to join with the crowd, mostly members of the Makah Tribe, gathered to mourn the passing of Jamie McGimpsey, 38, who died suddenly in Neah Bay. He is the only child of a dear friend, Joe McGimpsey, a leader of the Makahs and a stalwart member of the Clallam County Democratic Party. Also there was Judith Miller, who serves as Rep. Derek Kilmer's aide in Clallam County.
Rob Richards is District Representative at United States House of Representatives for Derek Kilmer.
New Democrat Coalition, 113th Congress
- Derek Kilmer
- National Journal "The New Faces of the 113th Congress," November 15, 2012
- Kilmer CLW bio, accessed July 2013
- Meet the Candidates, accessed April 10, 2013
- Kilmer CLW bio, accessed July 2013
- J Street The political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans
- JStreetPAC 2016 Endorsees
- NDC Member List