Press Releases

February 23, 2024

Kilmer Announces Major NOAA Grant Award to Washington Maritime Blue for Ocean-Based Climate Solutions

TACOMA, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) proudly announced that Washington Maritime Blue has been awarded a significant grant, totaling $248,403 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under its Ocean-Based Climate Resilience Accelerators Program. This grant marks a monumental achievement in advancing ocean-based climate solutions and highlights the impactful work of Washington Maritime Blue in the maritime sector. “I am thrilled to see Washington … Continue Reading


February 12, 2024

Kilmer Named Winner of Award for Championing Independent Higher Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) received the Award for Advocacy of Independent Higher Education at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) 2024 Annual Meeting. The Advocacy Award was established to recognize individuals outside of academia who have championed the cause of independent higher education. Whether in government, business, or philanthropy, the recipient of this award has provided leadership, established resources, or … Continue Reading


February 06, 2024

Kilmer Statement on Rejecting Partisan Security Supplemental

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after voting to reject House Republicans’ partisan, incomplete security supplemental legislation - which failed to pass the House. Following the horrific terrorist attack by Hamas on October 7, I have been firm in my support for Israel’s right to defend itself in a matter consistent with the international rules of war - and in my belief that the United States should provide resources toward … Continue Reading


January 25, 2024

Kilmer Announces $2.3 Million for Boat Haven at Port of Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that the Port of Port Townsend will receive $2.3 million through the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program to replace the Port’s 300-ton boat lift. In June 2023, Rep. Kilmer wrote in strong support of the Port’s boat lift replacement proposal in a letter to EDA leadership. “As someone who grew up on the Olympic Peninsula, I know how much our maritime sector … Continue Reading


January 17, 2024

Kilmer and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Graves Lead Roundtable on Economic Development, Recent Federal Investments in Western Washington

TACOMA, WA - On Tuesday, January 16, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves spearheaded a pivotal roundtable, focusing on the significant federal investments boosting economic development and job creation in Western Washington. The event, which took place at Longshoreman Union Hall in Tacoma, focused on federal investments in Western Washington that create good-paying jobs and lower costs for hardworking families. “Our focus needs to be on … Continue Reading


January 16, 2024

Kilmer Announces New Federal Investment for Cultural and Community Resilience in Tacoma

TACOMA, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that the City of Tacoma will receive $145,987 in new federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Cultural and Community Resilience grant program. This funding is made possible by the Biden-Harris administration’s Justice40 initiative, a historic national commitment to supporting disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution. In 2019, the Tacoma City … Continue Reading


January 11, 2024

Kilmer Announces Major Federal Investment in Electric Trucking Hub at Port of Tacoma

TACOMA, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced $12 million in new federal funding for the Northwest Seaport Alliance through the U.S. Department of Transportation Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program. This grant is made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the largest long-term investment in America’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century. With this new federal investment, the Northwest Seaport Alliance will … Continue Reading


January 10, 2024

Kilmer Announces $16.6 Million for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure on the Olympic Peninsula

PORT ANGELES, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced nearly $16.7 million in new federal funding for two projects on the Olympic Peninsula through the U.S. Department of Transportation Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program. These grants are made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the largest long-term investment in America’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century. $2,103,611 for the City of Port Angeles to … Continue Reading


December 21, 2023

Kilmer Champions Bill to Reinstate Reserves and Guard in VA Suicide Reports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), and Derrick Van Orden (WI-03) introduced legislation to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to include former members of the Reserves and Guard in its annual suicide report. After the 2020 report, the VA stopped including a separate statistic on suicides of former members of the Guard and Reserve, who were not federally activated. “If you serve this country, the federal government should have … Continue Reading


December 20, 2023

Kilmer-Led Program to Spur Economic Growth and Create Jobs Nationwide Delivers Historic Federal Funding for Economically Distressed Communities Across America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) applauded an announcement from the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding historic federal funding for distressed communities across the U.S., administered by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) through the Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program (Recompete Pilot Program). EDA also named 22 communities, including the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, as finalists for Phase 2 grants, which range between … Continue Reading


December 20, 2023

Kilmer Announces Historic Funding to Spur Economic Growth and Create Jobs in Clallam, Jefferson, and Grays Harbor Counties

PORT ANGELES, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced $1 million in new federal funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for two economic development initiatives on the Olympic Peninsula. The funding is being awarded through the Recompete Pilot Program, a new law authored by Rep. Kilmer, which aims to alleviate persistent economic distress and support long-term, comprehensive economic development and job creation. EDA awarded a $500,000 Strategy … Continue Reading


December 19, 2023

Kilmer Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Improve Access to Critical Lung Cancer Screenings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Vern Buchanan (FL-16), Larry Bucshon (IN-17), and Michelle Steel (CA-45) announced the introduction of the Lung Cancer Screening and Prevention Act, legislation to help ensure timely access to advanced screenings for lung cancer. Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., accounting for nearly one out of every five cancer deaths. Tragically, more than 80% … Continue Reading


December 14, 2023

Kilmer Champions Comprehensive Support for Servicemembers, Military Families in 2024 Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 (NDAA). The bill authorizes funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) and passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. “If you serve this country, Congress should have your back and invest in you and your family,” said Rep. Kilmer. “With a 5.2% pay raise, improved housing, and expanded childcare support, the NDAA makes significant … Continue Reading


December 14, 2023

Kilmer, Murray Celebrate Their Wild Olympics Bill Passing through Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, introduced and championed by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray, passed through the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at a markup on pending legislation. Their legislation would permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness, and 19 rivers and their major tributaries - a total of 464 river miles - as Wild and Scenic … Continue Reading


December 12, 2023

Kilmer Announces $600K in Federal Funding for Safer Streets and Improved Accessibility in Tacoma

TACOMA, WA - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that the City of Tacoma will receive $600,000 in new federal funds through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program. The funding is made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, legislation Rep. Kilmer supported and the largest long-term investment in America’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century. “All people deserve to feel safe on our … Continue Reading


December 07, 2023

Kilmer Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Digital Literacy and Skills Under WIOA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Lori Chavez-DeRemer (OR-05), GT Thompson (PA-15), and Kathy Manning (NC-06) announced the introduction of the bipartisan Investing in Digital Skills Act, legislation to expand training opportunities around digital skills and literacy. Acknowledging the importance of these skills in the modern workforce, the Investing in Digital Skills Act would integrate digital skills and digital literacy as key elements of adult education … Continue Reading


December 07, 2023

Kilmer Applauds Executive Order to Usher in Next Era of Tribal Self-Determination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after President Joe Biden signed an executive order to usher in the next era of Tribal self-determination: “The federal government has a moral and a legal obligation to uphold promises made to Indian Country. “Today, I commend President Biden for his decisive action in signing an executive order that significantly advances our nation’s commitment to Native American Tribes. By prioritizing … Continue Reading


November 09, 2023

Representative Derek Kilmer Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election

Media Kit - Photo, Summary of Work, Biography WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that he will not seek re-election in 2024. The Port Angeles native, who worked in economic development and served in the Washington State Legislature before being elected to Congress in 2012, released the following statement: “Over most of the past decade, each time I boarded the plane to DC, I would email my kids, Sophie and Aven, to explain to them why I was leaving - … Continue Reading


November 03, 2023

Kilmer Announces $1.35 Million for Clean Energy Research in Sequim

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced $1.35 million in new federal funding for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL-Sequim) to evaluate the feasibility of extracting Rare Earth Elements (REEs) and Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) from macroalgae for use in energy applications. REEs are essential for manufacturing high-efficiency electric motors and generators. PGMs play a pivotal role in technologies aimed at reducing carbon emissions, such as … Continue Reading


November 02, 2023

Kilmer Statement on House Passage of Partisan, Incomplete Security Supplemental Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after voting to reject Speaker of the House Mike Johnson’s partisan, incomplete security supplemental legislation: America stands firmly with Israel in its fight to defend its people, and the United States should provide resources toward that end. I support providing emergency security aid to Israel. However, I cannot and will not support the partisan and haphazard attempt by House Speaker … Continue Reading

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