Freshman U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer gained some clout on military issues this week when a coalition of moderate Democrats picked him as co-chairman of its national security working group.
Kilmer of Gig Harbor is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and he represents a military-heavy district that includes Naval Base Kitsap.
The New Democrat Coalition picked him to be co-chairman of its national security task force, giving him a greater role in shaping his party’s platform on military matters.
“Through this role I’ll continue fighting to ensure our nation has the best-trained, best-equipped and most capable fighting force in the world and that the United States takes a thoughtful approach to its national security challenges,” Kilmer said today in a news release.
The group, with 55 members, includes about a quarter of House Democrats. Rep. Rick Larsen, another Puget Sound Democrat representing a district with Navy facilities, also is a member.
Kilmer holds a district once represented by retired Rep. Norm Dicks, who nurtured military facilities on the peninsula and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in his 36-year political career.