Derek Kilmer has prioritized protecting our air and water because he knows firsthand from his experience in economic development that economic growth can be spurred by environmental protection. During his career in the state legislature, Kilmer has advocated for investments in Puget Sound restoration, industrial site clean-up, development of water systems infrastructure, removal of asbestos in water pipes, and the expansion of the Cushman Trail in Gig Harbor.
Kilmer was the lead sponsor of a historic energy efficiency proposal that became law, and co-sponsored other legislation on ocean protection and prevention and mitigation of the impacts of oil spills. During his terms in both the State House and Senate, Kilmer received an 83% lifetime score on the Washington Conservation Voters’ Legislative Scorecard.
In Congress, Kilmer has pledged to use his background in economic development to create good jobs by investing in a clean energy economy while protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink. He will work across the aisle to adapt smart policies to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and promote greater energy efficiency.
Kilmer joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of retiring 18-term Representative Norm Dicks, who has a 71% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2011.
In his own words:
"Too often we have been faced with the false choice of jobs or protecting our environment. As the father of two little girls, one with asthma, I believe it is critically important to protect the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the earth we will pass on to them."
Source: Derek Kilmer Campaign Website