April 24, 2012
The Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) announced its support of State Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-26) to replace the retiring Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) in representing Washington’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition to serving the people of the 26th Legislative District in the Washington State Senate, Kilmer is currently the vice president of the Pierce County Economic Development Board.
Earlier this year, at the Washington Governmental Affairs Conference in Olympia, Kilmer was awarded the NWCUA Anchor Award for his demonstrated and ongoing support of the credit union movement. Kilmer was the prime sponsor of the Association’s prize-linked savings legislation, passed in May 2011.
Kilmer recently addressed the Washington Governmental Affairs Committee about his campaign and his priorities, indicating an understanding of the powerful role credit unions can play in revitalizing the economy.
Kilmer was asked by Norm Dicks to run for his seat, and that he ultimately decided to run because he wants to work to create forward motion once more rather than a Congress that seems to be solely about partisan politics. Acknowledging that being elected would mean time away from his family, Kilmer said he felt justified in that he would be working at creating a future and a country he wants his kids to grow up in.
“For me, what it really boils down to,” he said, “is not wanting a broken Congress to decide the future for my kids, my state and my country.”
Kilmer thanked the credit union professionals in attendance for their efforts in financial education and giving back to their communities, acknowledging the partnership he has had with the credit union movement in recent years. He said he enjoyed working on the prize-linked savings bill and saw it as a win not just for credit unions but also for consumers.
He also touched briefly on credit union member business lending, saying that he did not know enough about the details of the current MBL bill to commit to a vote on either side before stressing the importance of expanding business lending. Kilmer said he supports a strategic plan for small businesses, and that access to capital is a key part of that.
Washington's 6th Congressional District encompasses the Olympic Peninsula, most of the Kitsap Peninsula and most of the city of Tacoma. Dicks, a Democrat from Bremerton, has been the 6th District representative since 1977.
Questions? Contact a member of the Association’s Legislative Affairs team:
Jennifer Wagner, Vice President of Legislative Advocacy
Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Stacy Augustine, Senior Vice President & General Counsel