Lending a Hand

Hello Folks - I hope you are all keeping safe, staying well, and managing these challenging times. As your representative, hearing from you is critical to my job. Since this public health crisis began, I've been listening directly to folks in every corner of our region about how COVID-19 and efforts to contain its spread are impacting them - and to learn more about what resources are needed from the federal government. In response, I've worked with my colleagues in Congress to pass three emer… Continue Reading


Answering Your Questions about Rebate Checks to Americans During COVID-19

Friend - Last Friday, the House passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide immediate relief to workers and families, while bolstering America's medical response to COVID-19. I fought for a number of provisions in this bill that will help ensure Washington's families, students, employers, health care providers, and communities have the resources and assistance they need during these difficult times. That includes providin… Continue Reading


House Acts to Provide Immediate Relief to Workers & Families, Bolster Medical Response

Hi Folks- Across our region and our entire country, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is putting an extraordinary strain on our health care system, our economy, and on families. I hope you are all keeping safe, staying well, and managing these challenging times. Over the past week, I've had a phone attached to my ear from dawn until dusk - hearing from hospital leaders, local housing authorities, folks at the Naval Shipyard, disability advocates, veterans organizations, higher educat… Continue Reading


March 22 COVID-19 Update from Representative Kilmer

Friends - I hope this finds you well. It's been another challenging week for our region, our state, and our nation as we respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and take drastic steps to contain the spread. Just like you, my everyday life has changed quite a bit as well. Usually when I'm back home in our district, I'm travelling from pillar to post across our region, meeting with folks to learn how I can better advocate for our communities back in the other Washington. But in the … Continue Reading


March 16 COVID-19 Update

Hi Folks -I hope this finds you well. I know it's been a challenging week for folks in our region. Washington state and the federal government are taking unprecedented action to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It is undoubtedly causing disruption to everyday life. I know folks have a lot of questions. Tonight, Monday, March 16 at 6:30pm PT, I'll be hosting a telephone town hall to talk about the federal government's response to COVID-19. In addition to a discussion on th… Continue Reading


March 9 COVID-19 Update from Rep. Kilmer

Hi Folks -I want to start by sharing my condolences with the families, friends, and loved ones of those who have lost their lives due to complications from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please know that you are in my prayers.I also want to offer a heartfelt thank you to the first responders, health care professionals, state and local officials, and everyone in our communities working day-and-night to respond to COVID-19. You all are doing incredible, life-saving work.As the number of confirm… Continue Reading


An Update on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Friends - This weekend, we were saddened to learn of the first death from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Washington, and that more cases have been confirmed in our region and across the country. Sadly, a second death was recently confirmed in King County, with additional hospitalizations. In addition to praying for those who have already been impacted by this, I am monitoring this situation closely and working with our local health departments and practitioners to ensure they have the … Continue Reading


Sharing Some Love with Our Veterans

Hi Folks -I hope you all had a terrific Valentine's Day! For the Kilmers, it was pretty low key (a bite out and some Netflix… yes - I'm a romantic). But the highlight of Valentine's Day was getting to visit the Retsil Veterans Home and VFW Post 2669 in Kitsap County to deliver valentines on behalf of school kids from all over our region. When we put out the word that we wanted to show some love to local veterans, local kids responded - big time! We delivered literally thousands of cards o… Continue Reading


Finding Common Ground and Making Progress

Hello Friends -Happy Super Monday! I hope you enjoyed the big game yesterday. It was an exciting game (and, as a Seahawks fan, I was happy to see the Niners lose). My favorite parts? The Groundhog Day commercial... and the food! I ate far too many chips, far too much dip, and way too many chicken wings. Actually, it was a pretty fun game (and my daughters have convinced me to become a fan of The Masked Singer).Tomorrow, I'll be heading back to DC, and the first order of business is the State of … Continue Reading


Recognizing the Progress We've Made - and the Work We Still Need to Do

Friends -Yesterday, we took time as a nation and as a community to honor and celebrate the life and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was honored to participate in several events in our region where people came together to recognize the progress we've made - and the work we still need to do - to, as Dr. King said, "make America what it ought to be."We cannot simply honor Dr. King with our words. We need to honor him with our actions. We honor him when we work to address inequities in the c… Continue Reading


Resolutions for the New Year

Hello Folks - Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a great start so far. I'm feeling great about that Seahawks victory yesterday (and am excited to get some Philadelphia pretzels from my colleague Brendan Boyle from PA who lost a friendly bet to me!). The holiday season provided time to reflect on an eventful 2019, and to think about my resolutions for the new year ahead. There are always some that are personal. For example, last year, I challenged myself to be more active and averag… Continue Reading


I'm Honored to Represent You

Friend -We're quickly coming up on the holidays, and I'd love to write about presents and eggnog. But, let's be honest... it's been a challenging few weeks for our country - some of the most solemn and historic weeks that I've been part of as a public servant. I've always made it a priority to remain available, accessible, and accountable to the folks I represent. That's why I held a Facebook Live town hall last week and a telephone town hall the very night of the impeachment vote because I did… Continue Reading


So, you may have missed this...

Hello Folks -My Christmas tree is up and decorated. My house is lit up like the Griswold Home in Christmas Vacation. And there is eggnog in my fridge! I can't believe we're already into the holiday season! While we're heading into the homestretch of 2019, Congress is hopefully also on the homestretch of getting some important things done. Lost in a lot of the noise on cable news is the fact that there's actually been quite a lot of activity in the House. In fact, since January, the House has pas… Continue Reading


What I'm Thankful For

Hello Folks -As we head toward Thanksgiving, I'm taking time to reflect on the things that I'm thankful for. I wanted to share some of those thoughts in this week's newsletter, and I hope you'll write me back and let me know what you're thankful for as well. Thankful for the Chance to ServeFirst of all, I'm thankful for the opportunity to represent you. As most of you know, I was born and raised here in the district I'm now honored to represent. It's my home. I wake up every day thankful for th… Continue Reading


Honoring Our Veterans and Visiting Our Troops

Hello Friends -Yesterday, our nation paused to honor our veterans. Veterans Day is an important time to acknowledge our family, friends, and loved ones who have selflessly sacrificed for this country. It is on this day that we honor those who wore the uniform and their families.I was proud to join hundreds of people in Silverdale at the Kitsap County Veterans Day Ceremony yesterday to say thank you to our veterans and to the community that supports them - and to recommit to ensuring that every v… Continue Reading


Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs

Hello Folks - Earlier this month, Congress and the American people lost an incredible human being and a tireless public servant in Representative Elijah Cummings. Elijah worked so hard for his community and to make government work better. It was an honor to work with him and to consider him a friend. I think every American should take a few moments to watch the ceremony last week in the United States Capitol celebrating and honoring his life. Democrats and Republicans alike spoke of Elijah's u… Continue Reading


Helping Students Succeed

Hello Folks - Fall is upon us! The leaves are changing colors. The Seahawks are 5-1. The Kilmer Family Halloween decorations are up. And I even had to de-frost my windshield a couple of times last week. It's officially autumn. Even the school year is moving along. This week, we've got Parent-Teacher Conferences. It's always amazing to hear about the outstanding work our educators are doing. Those who follow me on Facebook and Twitter know I visit a lot of schools. It's persistently inspiring … Continue Reading


Increasing Civility and Collaboration

Hello Folks - Since I've been your representative, I've sent out these email newsletters every couple of weeks. Sometimes I write with good news. Sometimes I write with bad news. But I always try to give you my honest take about what's happening in our nation's capital. This week, my newsletter is perhaps my most solemn update during my time in service. As you likely know, the House has begun a formal impeachment inquiry into the actions of President Trump. While there were a multitude of con… Continue Reading


Heading Back to DC

Hello Folks - Following the August District Work Period, coming back to DC feels a little bit like heading back to school. There's that little bit of nervousness, and then things settle back in. And once you show up, you get a little bit of catching up time, but then the work really begins. You'll notice that I referred to it as the "August District Work Period" - not "August Recess." If you've followed me on Facebook or Twitter, you will see that I didn't treat the time Congress wasn't in ses… Continue Reading


Highlighting Our Region’s Priorities

Hello Friends - I hope you all had a fantastic Labor Day weekend! Labor Day is an important time to honor the contributions workers have made to the well-being of our nation. It's a day to talk about the progress we've made, and still need to make, to build strong working families. I'm happy to report that Congress this year has made progress on this front - passing the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the gender wage gap, the Raise the Wage Act to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $… Continue Reading

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