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Representative Derek Kilmer

Key Coastal Communities:
Olympic Peninsula, Kitsap Peninsula

“Promoting healthy waterways and coastlines is vital to both the ecological and economic health of our communities. As a member of Congress, I will fight to protect the thousands of jobs created by fishing, shellfish aquaculture, and tourism, as well as the clean water and marine wildlife habitat on which they rely.”


Leadership: Born and raised on the Olympic Peninsula, Representative Kilmer has been recognized for committing much of his career to helping improve jobs, education and environmental health in his homeland.  He is the three-time recipient of the Washington Economic Development Association’s LEADER of the Year Award, and was named a “Legislative Business Star” by Enterprise Washington’s Business Institute in 2008.  The accomplishments that led to these awards were anchored by a fundamental belief that it is possible to balance priorities to ensure a strong economy and a healthy environment.

Congressman Kilmer is seated on two key House Appropriations Subcommittees – Interior and the Environment, and Commerce, Justice, State (which oversees NOAA funding).  Congressman Kilmer is powerfully placed to help ensure that critically important environmental and ocean programs get the resources they need and get protected from the ongoing onslaught of anti-environmental policy riders. And, in his spare time, he introduces and supports legislation to address ocean acidification and protect our wild lands and rivers.

Representative Kilmer sponsored:

  • H.R 2882 (Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of 2017) H.R 1285 (Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2017)
  • H.R 1285 (Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2017)
  • H.R 2719 (Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act 2016)
  • H.R. 1967 (Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 2665 (Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 2833 (Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act)

Representative Kilmer cosponsored:

  • H.R 5397 (Daniel J. Evans Olympic National Park Wilderness Act 2016)
    H.R 4648 (Green Stormwater Infrastructure Investment Act)
  • H.R. 239 (Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act)
  • H.R. 774 (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 936 (Marine Disease Emergency Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1277 (Ocean Acidification Research Partnerships Act)
  • H.R. 1460 (Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1482 (Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1684 (Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1814 (To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.)
  • H.R. 1961 (Climate Change Education Act)
  • H.R. 2072 (National Park and Wilderness Waters Protection Forever Act)
  • H.R. 2168 (West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Act)
  • H.R. 2430 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act)
  • H.R. 2553 (Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 2744 (Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act Amendments of 2015)
  • H.R. 3927 (West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 4019 (Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 4215 (CLEANER Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 596 (Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1425 (Marine Debris Emergency Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1491 (To authorize the Administrator of the NOAA to provide certain funds to eligible entities for activities undertaken to address the marine debris impacts of the 2011 Tohuko earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and for other purposes, 2013)
  • H.R. 2646 (REFI Pacific Act)