Dan Kildee
Dan Kildee official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 5th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byDale Kildee
Personal details
Daniel Timothy Kildee

(1958-08-11) August 11, 1958 (age 64)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Jennifer Kildee
(m. 1988)
RelativesDale Kildee (uncle)
EducationUniversity of Michigan–Flint
Central Michigan University (BS)
WebsiteHouse website

Daniel Timothy Kildee (/ˈkɪld/; born August 11, 1958) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Michigan's 5th congressional district since 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

From 1977 to 2009, Kildee was a municipal elected official. On November 6, 2012, he was elected the U.S. representative for Michigan's 5th district, succeeding his uncle, Dale Kildee.[1]

Early life and education

Kildee was born in 1958 in Flint, Michigan. He attended Flint Northern High School and Central Michigan University. In 2008, he finished his coursework at CMU, earning a B.S. in community development administration.[2][3]

Flint local political career

At age 18, Kildee became one of the nation's youngest elected officials when he was elected to the Flint Board of Education in 1977.[4]

In 1984, Kildee was elected to serve on Genesee County's board of commissioners, subsequently serving for 12 years, including five as chair.[5]

In 1991, he ran for mayor of Flint. He was one of four candidates to challenge incumbent Mayor Matthew Collier in the August 6 nonpartisan primary election. City Councilman Woodrow Stanley finished first with 24% of the vote. Collier ranked second with 23% of the vote, qualifying for the November election. Kildee finished third with 18%.[6]

County Treasurer

In 1996, Kildee was elected Genesee County Treasurer. He was reelected in 2000, 2004, and 2008. He was reelected in 2008 with 72% of the vote.[7]

Land Bank

In 2002, Kildee helped create the Genesee County Land Bank, a Washington-D.C. based nonprofit organization focused on urban decay.[8][9] The land bank has helped to clean up vacant and abandoned structures in the community.[10]

The Genessee County Land Bank was the first community land bank in the U.S. The concept of community land banks has since expanded to other U.S. cities.[11][12]

Center for Community Progress

In 2009, Kildee co-founded and served as president of the Center for Community Progress, a nonprofit focused on urban revitalization.[13][14] He resigned as county treasurer to oversee the group.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives

Dan Kildee at the spring 2017 Michigan Democratic Convention
Dan Kildee at the spring 2017 Michigan Democratic Convention



See also: 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 5

Kildee's uncle, Dale Kildee, served in the House of Representatives representing Michigan's 5th congressional district.[16] In July 2011, Dale Kildee announced he would retire from Congress.[17] Dan Kildee declared his candidacy for the House on November 1, 2011.[1] He was unchallenged in the Democratic primary. In the November election, he defeated Republican State Representative Jim Slezak, 65% to 31%.[17]


In January 2013, then-House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer appointed Kildee assistant whip. His fellow freshmen Democratic members elected Kildee to serve as their representative to the caucus's Steering and Policy Committee.[18]

In 2019, Kildee helped secure $11.2 million in federal funding to demolish blighted homes in Saginaw.[19] He supported Steny Hoyer's "Make it in America" legislation, which would remove tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas.[20]

In a September 2016 speech on the U.S. House floor, Kildee claimed that House Republican leaders were refusing to approve emergency aid to Flint because a majority of its residents are Black.[21] Congress passed a funding measure that provided $170 million in aid to communities including Flint that sought infrastructure improvements for their water.[22]

In April 2018, Kildee, Jared Huffman, Jamie Raskin, and Jerry McNerney launched the Congressional Freethought Caucus.[23]

As of June 2022, Kildee had voted in line with Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time.[24]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Gubernatorial campaigns

Kildee was a candidate in the 2010 Michigan gubernatorial election,[29] setting up an exploratory committee and filing to run.[30] He ultimately dropped out of the race.[13] He was also rumored to be considering a run in the 2018 Michigan gubernatorial election, but publicly declared he would not run.[31]

Personal life

Kildee has been married to Jennifer Kildee since 1988. They have three children.[17]


  1. ^ a b Burns, Gus (May 14, 2012). "Three contenders have officially filed to run for Democratic U.S. Rep. Dale E. Kildee's seat in Washington D.C." The Saginaw News. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  2. ^ "New House members of 113th Congress: K-L-M - Politico Staff". Politico.Com. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  3. ^ "Central Michigan Life – CMU alum, Flint native Dan Kildee sworn in as U.S. congressman". Cm-life.com. January 7, 2013. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  4. ^ Ryan Garza (November 7, 2012). "Dan Kildee: Congressman-elect quickly finds himself in the spotlight". MLive.com. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  5. ^ Fonger, Ron (July 15, 2011). "Dan Kildee says he will consider running for uncle's congressional seat". The Flint Journal. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  6. ^ Detroit Free Press, August 8, 1991 @ "Flint, MI Mayor - Primary Race - Aug 06, 1991". Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  7. ^ "Genesee County Treasurer Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  8. ^ Mostafavi, Beata (December 18, 2009). "Dan Kildee: National efforts to clear blight will be based in Flint". The Flint Journal. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  9. ^ Streitfeld, David (April 21, 2009). "An Effort to Save Flint, Mich., by Shrinking It". The New York Times. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  10. ^ Kinchen, Dave (December 18, 2009). "Dan Kildee prepares for national urban blight work". Clio, MI: WEYI-TV. Retrieved September 18, 2012.[dead link]
  11. ^ McClelland, Edward (October 14, 2013). "Flint's Man in Washington". nextcity.org. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  12. ^ Leonard, Tom (June 12, 2009). "US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  13. ^ a b Angus, Laura (March 5, 2010). "Dan Kildee announces his withdrawal from race for Michigan governor". The Flint Journal. Retrieved August 21, 2010.
  14. ^ Longley, Kristin (March 8, 2012). "Dan Kildee: Reform land sales process to stop spread of blight". The Flint Journal. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  15. ^ Longley, Kristin (November 1, 2011). "Dan Kildee announcing run for 5th District seat in U.S. Congress to be vacated by uncle, U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee". The Flint Journal. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  16. ^ Harris, David (July 16, 2011). "Filling U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee's Congressional seat will be a free-for-all, expert says". The Flint Journal. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  17. ^ a b c Thorne, Blake (November 7, 2012). "Dan Kildee: Congressman-elect quickly finds himself in the spotlight". The Flint Journal. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  18. ^ Courtesy photo (January 8, 2013). "U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Flint appointed assistant Democratic whip". MLive.com. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  19. ^ "Congressman Dan Kildee: Demolition of 950 Saginaw homes 'first step' toward growth". MLive.com. October 15, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  20. ^ AP File Photo (April 10, 2013). "Kildee backs 'Make it in America' plan aimed at manufacturing rebirth". MLive.com. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  21. ^ "House Dem: GOP leaders refuse to help Flint because of race". Washington Post. September 27, 2016. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  22. ^ "House OKs Flint aid measure, averts shutdown". The Detroit News. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  23. ^ Manchester, Julia (April 30, 2018). "Dem lawmakers launch 'Freethought' congressional caucus". The Hill. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  24. ^ Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). "Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved June 1, 2022.
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  26. ^ "Membership, House Budget Committee Democrats". U.S. House of Representatives. March 31, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  27. ^ "Caucus Members". Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  28. ^ "Members". Afterschool Alliance. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  29. ^ Fonger, Ron (February 1, 2010). "Dan Kildee's support growing—at least on Facebook". The Flint Journal. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  30. ^ "Statewide: Dan Kildee files to begin run for governor". Detroit Free Press. February 24, 2010. p. A3. Retrieved September 18, 2012. (subscription required)
  31. ^ "U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee will forgo race for governor". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved May 15, 2017.