U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) was honored with a 2019 Legislative Action Award by the Bipartisan Policy Center this week, a nationally-recognized think tank that actively works to find consensus and common ground to address key challenges facing the nation. The annual award recognizes Members of Congress committed to solving problems and developing sound policy for the American people.
“The Bipartisan Policy Center is pleased to recognize Representative Kilmer for his commitment to building bridges and making Congress work,” said Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet. “Congressman Kilmer’s leadership demonstrates that lawmakers can be both principled and pragmatic in forging meaningful solutions. We applaud Congressman Kilmer for championing long-overdue congressional reforms and for his leadership of the centrist New Democrat Coalition. From bipartisan efforts to spur job growth to fighting ocean acidification, Congressman Kilmer exemplifies the spirit of the Legislative Action Award.”
“The folks I represent want to get the economy on track – and they want Congress to get on track too. In recent years, there’s been far too much partisan bickering and far too little progress,” said Rep. Kilmer. “That’s why I’ve been so committed to finding common ground. Congress is at its best when people listen and learn from one another to find the policies that will move our country forward. It’s an honor to receive this award, and I thank the Bipartisan Policy Center for encouraging Members of Congress to work together for the common good.”
According to the BPC, recipients of the award have served in their chambers for six years or less, demonstrated skill and courage in the face of political challenges to confront a political problem, provided a positive tenor to the legislative process, and improved the functioning of Congress through their example. Rep. Kilmer was among six Members of Congress who received the award in 2019, including Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and Rep. John Katko (R-NY).
Read more on the award here.