U.S. Representative-elect Derek Kilmer today announced his first three staff hires. Jonathan Smith will serve as his chief of staff, Meadow Johnson will be his district director, and Joe Dacca will work as his deputy district director."I am excited to announce the hiring of the first three members of my staff," said Rep.-elect Kilmer. "All three individuals have excellent qualifications and experience, and will help me provide the best possible service to my constituents and to employers in our region. Our team is going to focus on working for every family and every business in this district so we can get our economy back on track."Smith has nearly a decade of experience working in Congress, both in individual members’ offices and on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He also worked as an attorney for the Seattle headquartered law firm Preston, Gates and Ellis (now K&L Gates). Smith will be based in Rep.-elect Kilmer's Washington, D.C. office.Johnson is a lifelong resident of the district, attending Peninsula High School, Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington, Tacoma. Johnson has spent several years working for Representative-elect Kilmer. Prior to her work in politics, she worked in the real estate industry.A graduate of Gig Harbor High School and the University of Washington, Dacca has spent the past five years working in the district office of Congressman Norm Dicks. Prior to joining the staff of Congressman Dicks, Dacca served as legislative assistant for Representative-elect Kilmer during Kilmer's first term in the Washington State Senate.All three staff will start on January 3 once Rep.-elect Kilmer has been sworn in.