Kilmer is the representative for Washington’s 6th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Kilmer is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Kilmer.
Kilmer is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Kilmer has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 11, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Derek Kilmer sits on the following committees:
Kilmer was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4034 (116th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 602 Pacific Avenue in Bremerton, Washington, as the “John Henry Turpin Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 3277 (116th): To improve the leasing projects of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 975 (116th): Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act
- H.R. 3374 (113th): American Savings Promotion Act
- H.R. 4751 (113th): To make technical corrections to Public Law 110-229 to reflect the renaming of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, and for other purposes.
Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Kilmer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (23%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Health (9%) Education (9%) Labor and Employment (4%)
Some of Kilmer’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3198: To require certain grantees under title I of the Housing and Community Development ...
- H.R. 2411: Broadband for All Act of 2021
- H.R. 2281: Dust Off Crews of the Vietnam War Congressional Gold Medal Act
- H.Res. 262: Providing amounts for the expenses of the Select Committee on the Modernization of ...
- H.R. 1414: Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act
- H.R. 1416: Tribal Adoption Parity Act
- H.R. 1415: Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act
From Jan 2013 to May 2021, Kilmer missed 23 of 4,849 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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