|Member of the |
U.S. House of Representatives
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Donald Riegle|
|Succeeded by||Dan Kildee|
|Constituency||7th district (1977–1993)|
9th district (1993–2003)
5th district (2003–2013)
|Member of the Michigan Senate|
from the 29th district
January 1975 – December 1976
|Preceded by||Garland B. Lane|
|Succeeded by||Harold J. Scott|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives|
from the 81st district
January 1965 – December 1974
|Preceded by||District established|
|Succeeded by||Mark Clodfelter|
Dale Edward Kildee
September 16, 1929
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||Sacred Heart Seminary (BA)|
University of Michigan (MA)
|Committees||House Committee on Education (senior)|
Early Childhood Committee
subcommittee on Native American and Alaska Native Affairs
Early life, education, and teaching career
Kildee was born in Flint, Michigan on September 16, 1929 to Timothy and Norma Kildee. He was the fourth of five children. In his senior year of high school, he won the American Legion Medal of Citizenship. In 1947, Kildee received his high school diploma from St. Mary's High School.
He earned his B.A. from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan in 1952. He earned a teacher's certificate from the University of Detroit in 1955. He did graduate work in history and political science at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan from 1958 to 1959 under a Rotary Foundation Fellowship. He earned an M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1961. He was a teacher at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy from 1954-56. Coming back in 1956 to Flint, Dale taught Latin until 1964.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 1976, incumbent Democratic U.S. Representative Donald Riegle resigned after being appointed to fill the vacant seat in the U.S. Senate caused by the death of Philip Hart. State Senator Kildee won the general election with 70% of the vote. He won re-election 17 times, each with at least 56% of the vote except in 1992, 1994, and 2010. In 1992, he defeated Megan O'Neill with 54% of the vote. He won Genesee County with 74%, while he lost the district's other two counties: Oakland and Lapeer. In the 1994 rematch, he defeated her with just 51% of the vote, the lowest winning percentage of his career. In 2010, he defeated Republican farmer and businessman John Kupiec with 53% of the vote. Kupiec won Tuscola county with 60%, while losing the district's other three counties. Kildee won Bay (49%), Saginaw (61%), and Genesee Counties (55%).
In 1997, Kildee founded the House's Native American Caucus to advocate Native American issues. In 2010, Kildee revealed that he would be voting for the Senate version of the Health Care reform bill without the Stupak Amendment language restricting federal abortion funding. In addition, reports surfaced that attempted to convince anti-abortion Democrats in the Stupak coalition to vote for the bill.
He was a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and serves as ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Education Reform and a member of the Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations. He was also a member of the House Committee on Resources, where he sits on the Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands and the Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health. From 1993 on, he served as co-chair of the Congressional Automotive Caucus. From 1997 on, he served as co-chair of the Native American Caucus.
He met his future wife Gayle, a French teacher, while teaching at Central. They married in 1965 and had three children, Paul, Laura, and David. Both sons became army captains; their daughter became a commercial property manager.
In November, 2011, Patrick Kildee, a second cousin of the congressman, accused Kildee of sexually abusing him more than 50 years ago when he was 12 years old. In response Kildee called the allegation untrue.
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- Rep. Dale Kildee to retire after 18 terms The Hill July 15, 2011
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- "Our Campaigns - MI District 9 Race - Nov 03, 1992".
- "Our Campaigns - MI District 9 Race - Nov 08, 1994".
- "Races too close to call in crucial Michigan district".
- "Our Campaigns - MI - District 05 Race - Nov 02, 2010".
- Stupak Ally in House Approves Senate Abortion Restrictions New York Times March 17, 2010
- Kildee vs. Stupak and Health Care's Final Countdown Mother Jones March 19, 2010
- "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Dale E. Kildee".
- Todd Spangler (November 21, 2011). "Mich. congressman denies sex abuse 50 years ago". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
- "Office of the House Clerk – Electoral Statistics". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-07-25.
- "Election Results". Federal Election Commission.
- "Previous Election Information". Michigan Secretary of State. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
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- United States Congress. "Dale Kildee (id: K000172)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.