Working Toward a Better Congress

February 9, 2022 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

An Interview with Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and William Timmons (R-SC)

On February 9, Bloomberg Government congressional reporter Emily Wilkins led a discussion with Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Representative William Timmons (R-SC) — the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress — on their most recent recommendations to improve Congress and the future of the committee post-midterm elections.

Watch the interview for insights into the committee’s recommendations on:

  • Promoting bipartisanship
  • Improving staffing capacity and retention
  • Reforming the Congressional calendar
  • And more


Emily Wilkins

Emily Wilkins
Congressional Reporter
Bloomberg Government

Emily Wilkins covers Congress for Bloomberg Government, with a focus on the House and the politics surrounding policy. She previously covered House and Senate races in the 2020 election, and before that was the federal education reporter for Bloomberg Government. She is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg TV and radio. She has a bachelor’s of journalism and political science from Michigan State University.
David Kilmer headshot

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Derek Kilmer serves as the United States Representative of Washington’s 6th Congressional District. Derek was reelected to a fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020 and serves on the House Appropriations Committee, one of only four ‘exclusive’ committees in the House. Derek serves on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee, Defense Subcommittee, and Energy and Water Development Subcommittee. He was also appointed to serve as the Chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, a bipartisan Committee formed to investigate, study, make findings, hold public hearings, and develop recommendations to make Congress more effective, efficient, and transparent on behalf of the American people.
William Timmons headshot

Rep. William Timmons (R-SC)
House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

William Timmons entered Congress in 2019 with a commitment to bring real reform to Washington. His experience as a prosecutor and small business owner inspired him to run for public office. As a state senator, he fought for accountability and transparency in Columbia. In Congress, William is a voice for Upstate residents and South Carolina’s business community as a member of the Financial Services Committee. In addition to his role on the committee, William was chosen by the Republican Leader to serve as Vice Chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress and elected by his classmates to represent them on the Republican Steering Committee. William is a lifelong member of Christ Church in Greenville and also serves as a JAG Officer and Captain in the South Carolina Air National Guard. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Greenville.