He was among those mentioned as a possible candidate as soon as longtime U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks made his surprise retirement announcement last week. But state Sen. Derek Kilmer made it official this morning. He is a candidate to replace Dicks as the representative from the 6th Congressional District of Washington.
Kilmer was even among the three Democrats mentioned by Dicks in his statement Friday. The others were Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown.
But Kilmer is the first to jump in, touting his work in the state Senate and with the Pierce County Economic Development Board.
“My job is creating jobs,” Kilmer said in a press statement. “When I’m not in Olympia, my job is to work with businesses in Pierce County to help them grow and thrive. We could use more folks in Washington who are focused on creating more jobs with better pay, and that’s what I’ll do in the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Kilmer is the chairman of the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee. He also is vice-chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and is the lead senator on the state’s capital budget.
Kilmer, 38, was elected to the state House in 2004 and the state Senate in 2006. He was reelected to the Senate in 2010.
He also has an advantage in the sprawling district – he was raised in the northern section and now represents an area that makes up its densest population base. He grew up in Port Angeles but now lives in Gig Harbor and works in Tacoma.
“Norm Dicks may be the best Congressman in the history of Washington State,” Kilmer said. “No one can fill his shoes, but I’ll work to continue his legacy of fighting for jobs and standing up for the little guy.”
Here is the text of his announcement statement… Read more »