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Derek Kilmer: U.S. Representative, District C6

The Sierra Club is proud to announce its endorsement of Derek Kilmer for the 6th Congressional District-WA. His understanding of economic and environmental sustainability and working for common ground for passage of effective legislative solutions makes him the best candidate for this job.

Sen. Kilmer was born and raised on the Olympic Peninsula. He received a PhD from the University of Oxford in England where he studied social policy with a focus on economic development policy, and received his Bachelors’ degree in public policy from Princeton University. When not in Olympia, Sen. Kilmer is an accomplished economic development leader, who understands the importance of environmental sustainability. Serving as the Vice President for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, Sen. Kilmer has worked with hundreds of employers, focused on growing and keeping good, high wage jobs in Pierce County. Sen. Kilmer, a Democrat, has represented the 26th LD since 2005, in the House and Senate. He has played a major role in getting passed the “Clean Car” and “Non-toxic Toy” legislation. He has worked hard for sustainable green jobs, cleaning up Puget Sound and transportation that promotes walking, biking and use of public transportation. He has worked for an educational system to sufficiently prepare workers for jobs in a new green economy.

In the 2012 Legislative Session Sen. Kilmer and Rep. Hans Dunshee successfully led a bipartisan effort in their respective chambers to include $113 million in the capital budget for energy efficiency measures in public buildings, including schools, which will make those buildings healthier for students and employees while lowering energy costs.

Sen. Kilmer has the highly coveted endorsement of retiring Congressman Norm Dicks, 6th CD incumbent and a Sierra Club Conservation Champion, who, like Sen. Kilmer, has been committed to cleaning up Puget Sound. Sen. Kilmer has also been willing to work with all the diverse stakeholders around Olympic National Park to find common ground for an economic development and environmental protection plan for the Olympic Peninsula.