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Rep. Derek Kilmer

Representative for Washington’s 6th District

pronounced DE-rik // KIL-mer

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 2020.

Photo of Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Kilmer.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Nov 12, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Derek Kilmer sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Kilmer was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kilmer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Armed Forces and National Security (19%) Taxation (15%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Education (11%) Health (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Immigration (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Kilmer’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Kilmer voted Yea

Failed 230/162 on Dec 20, 2018.

Kilmer voted Yea

Passed 249/177 on Nov 17, 2015.

Kilmer voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Kilmer voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Kilmer voted Yea

Kilmer voted Aye

Passed 272/142 on Feb 13, 2015.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 636 when it was the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015. The bill subsequently became the ...

Kilmer voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Kilmer voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Nov 2019, Kilmer missed 19 of 4,353 roll call votes, which is 0.4%. This is better than the median of 2.1% 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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Primary Sources

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