DATE OF BIRTH: Jan. 1, 1974
BIRTHPLACE: Port Angeles, Wash.
RESIDENCE: Gig Harbor, Wash.
EDUCATION: B.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., University of Oxford
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: State senator, 2006-2012; state representative, 2004-2007
FAMILY: Wife, Jennifer; two children
Derek Kilmer easily won in a heavily Democratic district. Kilmer announced his candidacy after Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) decided to retire, leaving the Washington state House delegation without its dean.
During the campaign, Kilmer focused on jobs, economic development and small businesses, touting his record as vice president at the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County. He also said his party needs to do a better job addressing the national debt by reducing the deficit.
In the State Legislature, he worked on veterans’ issues, passing legislation to make it easier for veteran-owned businesses to win state contracts and for veterans and their families to find housing and jobs.
The Seattle Times endorsed Kilmer as “a moderate Democrat” who is a “bipartisan problem-solver.”