6th District U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer was the featured speaker at Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club's Sept 7 Noon Team meeting.  He "Zoomed" in from offices in Tacoma.
     In his opening remarks Representative Kilmer, a Gig Harbor Rotarian in absentia, explained that his daughter, Sophie, a high school junior, was currently a Rotary Exchange student in the Netherlands.  
     He went on to recap the hard several recent years the nation has endured - Covid, virtual school, dire headlines.  He spoke to recent bills passed and signed into law by the President including the American Rescue Plan, the Infrastructure Law, and the Inflation Reduction Act.  Kilmer pointed out, specifically, how a broadband piece in the Infrastructure Law, will help deliver modern internet speed to rural locales in his far-reaching district, places like Forks.  
     Kilmer said he is part of a group in Congress focused on making government work better, the Fix Congress Committee.  To date the group has passed more than 170 recommendations. 
     Kilmer, who grew up in Port Angeles, was elected to Congress in 2012.  Prior to that he served in Olympia as both a state representative and a state senator.  He is a former consultant for McKinsey and Company.  He was also a business retention manager for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.