Representative Derek Kilmer's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Derek Kilmer
Current Office: U.S. House - District 6, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for U.S. House - District 6
Primary Aug. 5, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jennifer; 2 Children: Sophie, Tess
Birth Date: 01/01/1974
Birth Place: Port Angeles, WA
Home City: Gig Harbor, WA
Religion: Methodist
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Derek Kilmer refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Paul Gottlieb. Peninsula Daily News: CORRECTED: Congressional hopefuls Driscoll, Kilmer use Sequim forum to show differences — and some surprising similarities. 26 August 2012. “Both also said they were pro-choice. Both said they want to see abortion be 'rare.'” (www.peninsuladailynews.com)
  • Mark St. J. Couhig. Sequim Gazette: Driscoll, Kilmer stake out their positions. 29 August 2012. “Sixth Congressional District candidates Bill Driscoll and Derek Kilmer drew a packed house for an early morning debate at the Sunland Golf and Country Club on Friday, Aug. 24. After listening to the two agree on a number of topics, including the economy (both say it’s the biggest issue in the election), abortion rights (both want abortions safe, legal and rare), inefficiency in military spending (both say there’s lots of it) and signing anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist’s no new taxes pledge (both said no), Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict got the ball rolling, asking each to name a topic on which they disagreed.” (www.sequimgazette.com)

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  • Mark St. J. Couhig. Sequim Gazette: Driscoll, Kilmer stake out their positions. 29 August 2012. “Sixth Congressional District candidates Bill Driscoll and Derek Kilmer drew a packed house for an early morning debate at the Sunland Golf and Country Club on Friday, Aug. 24. After listening to the two agree on a number of topics, including the economy (both say it’s the biggest issue in the election), abortion rights (both want abortions safe, legal and rare), inefficiency in military spending (both say there’s lots of it) and signing anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist’s no new taxes pledge (both said no), Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict got the ball rolling, asking each to name a topic on which they disagreed.” (www.sequimgazette.com)

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  • Mark St. J. Couhig. Sequim Gazette: Driscoll, Kilmer stake out their positions. 29 August 2012. “The two also disagreed on tax cuts, with Kilmer emphatically stating that the “Bush tax cuts” on the wealthy need to be ended. “We need to get rid of unproductive tax breaks, including tax cuts for the wealthiest,” he said. “Tax breaks for people making over a million dollars is a wrong plan.” “I would extend the Bush tax cuts for middle class and small business,” Kilmer added.” (www.sequimgazette.com)

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  • Derek Kilmer. Facebook: Timeline. 4 May 2012. “Please check out this op-ed I co-wrote with Republican Senator Linda Evans Parlette of Wenatchee. It discusses the bipartisan job package which was signed by Governor Gregoire last week. It is expected to create 18,000 jobs through long-term investments in things like infrastructure to help our ports export goods, facilities that will help our research universities partner with cutting-edge industries, better K-12 classroom space, and water-treatment facilities that will help our communities grow.” (www.facebook.com)

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  • Derek Kilmer. Issue Position: Creating Jobs. 3 April 2012. “* Sponsored legislation giving small businesses a tax credit for creating jobs * Improved infrastructure to revitalize downtown Bremerton and ensure construction of a new hospital in Gig Harbor * Cut red tape for small businesses - waiving penalties for paperwork violations and passing a Permitting Bill of Rights to streamline permitting processes * Passed a law to reduce personal property taxes for small businesses.” (votesmart.org)
  • Derek Kilmer. Video: Derek Kilmer on Running for Congress. 19 August 2012. “Making sure we have tax policies that don't impede the ability of our small businesses to grow.” (youtu.be)

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  • Derek Kilmer. Issue Position: Protecting Our Clean Air and Water. 1 January 2012. “Derek believes we have a responsibility to protect the environment and our public places. Economic growth and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. We can balance our priorities ensuring a strong economy and a healthy environment […] Derek will stand with President Obama to oppose efforts to weaken the Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Derek Kilmer. Video: Derek Kilmer for Congress! 14 July 2012. “I'm the only candidate in this race who has said ' I will stand up and fight for federal marriage equality.'” (youtu.be)

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