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Kilmer resigns state Senate seat to serve in Congress
Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, has resigned his state Senate position in order to fulfill his duties as the newly-elected U.S. Representative for Washington’s 6th Congressional District.In a letter to Gov. Chris Gregoire, Kilmer said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve the 26th Legislative District, which includes Gig Harbor, the Key Peninsula, Port Orchard and parts of Bremerton.“It’s been an honor to work on behalf of the families and small businesses of this area. I will continue working in my new role to ensure that every person can get a good job and that every child can get a great education,” Kilmer said.Kilmer said he was perhaps most proud that three of the final bills that he worked on in Olympia assed with bipartisan majorities."The first balanced the state budget," Kilmer said. "The second was an amendment to the state constitution to reduce state debt. And the third made immediate investments in infrastructure to get people back to work now and lay the foundation for economic growth over the long-term. These laws were great examples of the progress that can be made when Republicans and Democrats work together to get things done.” Kilmer added, “I’ve appreciated the opportunity to work with citizens throughout this area to advance priorities close to home. Whether fighting for lower tolls on the Narrows Bridge, working for a fairer deal for ferry commuters, or pursuing new educational opportunities at Olympic College and Tacoma Community College, I’ve enjoyed a great partnership with folks in this area and am excited to continue working together in the years ahead.”Kilmer is resigning his seat effective immediately. By law, local county commissioners will select his replacement based on recommendations from precinct committee officers.