With U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks’s announcement today he is retiring, attention will soon turn to who might vie to replace him in the 6th Congressional District, running from Tacoma across the Narrows bridges to the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas.
One name that has been mentioned is state Sen. Derek Kilmer, the No. 2 Democrat on the Senate’s budget committee and a Pierce County economic development official. The Senate is on the floor this morning, but Kilmer confirmed in a text he’s considering a run (he also has posted to his Facebook page):
My daughters are growing up in a better community because of what Norm Dicks has done. He may be the best Congressman our state has ever had. I will be seriously considering whether to run for Congress, but today should be focused on honoring Norm’s record of service.
Kilmer was raised on the Olympic Peninsula and educated at Princeton University and the University of Oxford. He and wife Jennifer, who leads the Washington State Historical Society, live in Gig Harbor with daughters Sophie and Tess.
He was elected to the state House in 2004, then jumped to the Senate in 2006. He was re-elected to a second four-year Senate term in 2010, so he wouldn’t have to give up his seat unless he won.