Kilmer Statement on Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

TACOMA, WA – Rep. Derek Kilmer made the following statement regarding Congressman John Conyers, Jr.:

“Sexual harassment is wrong and allegations of sexual harassment by Members of Congress or Congressional staff should be thoroughly investigated. Those who are found to have committed acts that fail to meet the highest ethical standards should be held publicly accountable,” Rep. Derek Kilmer said. “Taxpayer dollars should never be used to cover up unethical or illegal behavior committed by public servants. I have taken sexual harassment training, made it mandatory for my staff and believe it should be mandatory for others, but that’s not enough. As a first step towards reforming the way Congress handles sexual harassment violations, I support the legislation introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand that would set up a process that treats fairly the people brave enough to report abuse and starts to hold Members of Congress accountable.”