Dale Kildee

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Dale Kildee
Dale Kildee, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byDonald Riegle
Succeeded byDan Kildee
Constituency7th district (1977–1993)
9th district (1993–2003)
5th district (2003–2013)
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 29th district
In office
January 1975 – December 1976
Preceded byGarland B. Lane
Succeeded byHarold J. Scott
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 81st district
In office
January 1965 – December 1974
Preceded byDistrict established
Succeeded byMark Clodfelter
Personal details
Dale Edward Kildee

(1929-09-16) September 16, 1929 (age 91)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Gayle Kildee[1]
ResidenceFlint, Michigan
Alma materSacred Heart Seminary (BA)
University of Michigan (MA)[2]
CommitteesHouse Committee on Education (senior)
Early Childhood Committee
subcommittee on Native American and Alaska Native Affairs[1]

Dale Edward Kildee (born September 16, 1929) is a retired American politician who served as U.S. Representative of Michigan from 1977 to 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

His district included Flint, Saginaw and Bay City. In July 2011, Kildee announced he would retire after his term was up in 2012.[3] He was succeeded by his nephew Dan Kildee.

Early life, education, and teaching career[edit]

Kildee was born in Flint, Michigan on September 16, 1929 to Timothy and Norma Kildee.[1][2] 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.[citation needed]

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.[2] 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.[citation needed]

Michigan legislature[edit]

Kildee served as a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives 81st district from 1965 to 1974. He later served as a member of the Michigan State Senate from 1975 to 1976.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


Photo Kildee from the 1977 Congressional Pictorial Directory

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.[4] 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.[5] In the 1994 rematch, he defeated her with just 51% of the vote, the lowest winning percentage of his career.[6] In 2010, he defeated Republican farmer and businessman John Kupiec[7] 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%).[8]


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.[9] In addition, reports surfaced that attempted to convince anti-abortion Democrats in the Stupak coalition to vote for the bill.[10]

Committee assignments[edit]

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.[11]

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] Both sons became army captains; their daughter became a commercial property manager.[1]

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.[12]

Electoral history[edit]

Michigan's 7th congressional district: Results 1976–1990[13]
Year Democrat Votes % Republican Votes % Third Party Party Votes % Third Party Party Votes % Third Party Party Votes %
1976 Dale Kildee 124,260 70% Robin Widgery 50,301 28% Jimmy Sabin American Independent 1,451 1% Max Duane U.S. Labor 835 0% Benjamin Hoffman Libertarian 735 0%
1978 Dale Kildee 105,402 77% Gale Cronk 29,958 22% Jimmy Sabin American Independent 2,179 2%
1980 Dale Kildee 147,280 93% No candidate James Beaver Libertarian 11,507 7%
1982 Dale Kildee 118,538 75% George Darrah 36,303 23% Dennis Berry Libertarian 1,842 1% David Freund Workers League 568 0%
1984 Dale Kildee 145,070 93% No candidate Samuel Johnson Independent 10,663 7%
1986 Dale Kildee 101,225 80% Trudie Callihan 24,848 20% Gene Schenk Independent 1,099 1%
1988 Dale Kildee 150,832 76% Kevin Cook 47,071 24% Gary Walkowicz Workers Against Concessions 1,174 1%
1990 Dale Kildee 90,307 68% David Morrill 41,759 32%
Michigan's 9th congressional district: Results 1992–2000[13][14][15]
Year Democrat Votes % Republican Votes % Third Party Party Votes % Third Party Party Votes % Third Party Party Votes %
1992 Dale Kildee 133,956 54% Megan O'Neill 111,798 45% Key Halverson Natural Law 1,891 1% Jerome White Workers League 1,872 1%
1994 Dale Kildee 97,096 51% Megan O'Neill 89,148 47% Karen Blasdell Natural Law 3,240 2%
1996 Dale Kildee 136,856 59% Patrick Nowak 89,733 39% Malcolm Johnson Libertarian 3,472 2% Terrence Shulman Natural Law 1,127 0%
1998 Dale Kildee 105,457 56% Tom McMillin 79,062 42% Malcolm Johnson Libertarian 4,006 2%
2000 Dale Kildee 158,184 61% Grant Garrett 92,926 36% Laurie Martin Libertarian 5,337 2% Terry Haines U.S. Taxpayers 1,657 1% Alaya Bouché Natural Law 824 0%
Michigan's 5th congressional district: Results 2002–2010[13][14][15]
Year Democrat Votes % Republican Votes % Third Party Party Votes % Third Party Party Votes %
2002 Dale Kildee 158,709 92% No candidate Clint Foster Libertarian 9,344 5% Harley Mikkelson Green 5,188 3%
2004 Dale Kildee 208,163 67% Myrah Kirkwood 96,934 31% Harley Mikkelson Green 2,468 1% Clint Foster Libertarian 2,350 1%
2006 Dale Kildee 176,171 73% Eric Klammer 60,967 25% Ken Mathenia Green 2,294 1% Steve Samoranski Libertarian 2,259 1%
2008 Dale Kildee 221,841 70% Matt Sawicki 85,017 27% Leonard Schwartz Libertarian 4,293 1% Ken Mathenia Green 4,144 1%
2010 Dale Kildee 107,286 53% John Kupiec 89,680 44% J. Matthew de Heus Green 2,649 1% Michael Moon Libertarian 2,648 1%


  1. ^ a b c d e Harris, David (July 16, 2011). "From an early age, U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee had appetite for politics; Flint Democrat to retire after term runs out in 2012". The Flint Journal. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "A biography and political timeline of retiring U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee". The Flint Journal. July 15, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  3. ^ Rep. Dale Kildee to retire after 18 terms The Hill July 15, 2011
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - MI District 07 Race - Nov 02, 1976".
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - MI District 9 Race - Nov 03, 1992".
  6. ^ "Our Campaigns - MI District 9 Race - Nov 08, 1994".
  7. ^ "Races too close to call in crucial Michigan district".
  8. ^ "Our Campaigns - MI - District 05 Race - Nov 02, 2010".
  9. ^ Stupak Ally in House Approves Senate Abortion Restrictions New York Times March 17, 2010
  10. ^ Kildee vs. Stupak and Health Care's Final Countdown Mother Jones March 19, 2010
  11. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Dale E. Kildee".
  12. ^ Todd Spangler (November 21, 2011). "Mich. congressman denies sex abuse 50 years ago". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  13. ^ a b c "Office of the House Clerk – Electoral Statistics". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-07-25.
  14. ^ a b "Election Results". Federal Election Commission.
  15. ^ a b "Previous Election Information". Michigan Secretary of State. Retrieved 4 February 2011.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Donald Riegle, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Nick Smith
Preceded by
Guy Vander Jagt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joe Knollenberg
Preceded by
James A. Barcia
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Dan Kildee
Notes and references
1. After the 1990 Census, the 7th District was redistricted as the 9th district. Smith was elected to represent the newly drawn 7th District.
2. Vander Jagt represented the 9th District before Michigan redrew it as the 2nd District after the 1990 Census. The 9th District was again redrawn after then 2000 Census as the 5th district. Knollenberg previously represented the 11th District, and was elected in 2002 to represent the newly-drawn 9th district.
3. After the United States Census, 2000, much of the 5th District was merged with the 10th District. The remainder was merged with the former 9th District, and reconstituted as the 5th District. James A. Barcia opted against running for reelection against then-9th District incumbent.