About Congressman Kildee

Congressman Dan Kildee

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05)

Born and raised in Flint, Congressman Dan Kildee is a lifelong Michigander. In Congress he has proven he can bring people together and get real results for his constituents and Michigan.

  • Fighting Blight In Michigan: In 2013, during his first term, Congressman Kildee secured hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds to help strengthen neighborhoods, raise home values and make communities safer by removing abandoned houses across Michigan, including in Flint, Saginaw and Detroit.
  • Freeing a Marine Veteran from Prison in Iran: When one of his constituents, Amir Hekmati, an American citizen and U.S. Marine veteran was held as a political prisoner in Iran for nearly five years, Congressman Kildee worked alongside the Hekmati family and the Obama Administration to raise awareness and ultimately negotiate Amir’s release.
  • Getting Real Aid for Flint Families During the Water Crisis: Throughout the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Congressman Kildee has worked tirelessly to bring much needed relief to Flint families. In 2016, he brought Democrats and Republicans in Congress together to pass a $170 million aid package for Flint, which will help to replace lead pipes and service lines, expand health care and mitigate the effects of lead exposure. He also worked across the aisle to pass the Kildee-Upton law, which seeks to prevent a similar crisis from happening in the future. Lastly, he worked with the Obama Administration to direct hundreds of millions of dollars to help Flint recover, including funding for Medicaid expansion, Head Start and early education programs, job creation and nutritional foods.
  • Protecting the Great Lakes from Nuclear Waste: Congressman Kildee is leading a bipartisan initiative to prevent a Canadian company from permanently burying nuclear waste less than one mile from the Great Lakes.

In Congress, he serves in various leadership positions. As the Vice Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, Congressman Kildee leads the fight to protect consumers, ensure affordable housing, and keep money out of the hands of terrorists and bad actors. Congressman Kildee previously served as a member of the President’s Export Council, advising President Obama on fighting against trade deals that are bad for Michigan families. Moreover, as a Vice Co-Chair of the Automotive Caucus he works to promote the American auto industry and bring good paying jobs back to Michigan.

Before being elected to Congress, Congressman Kildee co-founded and served as the president of the Center for Community Progress, a national non-profit organization focused on urban land reform and revitalization.

He also founded Michigan’s first land bank – the Genesee County Land Bank – which is responsible for tens of millions of dollars in redevelopment in Flint. The Genesee County Land Bank later served as a model for over 100 other land banks across the nation.

Previously, Congressman Dan Kildee served as the Genesee County Treasurer, on the Genesee County Board of Commissioners, and on the Flint Board of Education. Additionally, he worked for eight years at the Whaley Children’s Center, a residential treatment facility in Flint for children who have experienced trauma and abuse.

Congressman Kildee resides in Flint Township with his wife, Jennifer. They have two children, Kenneth and Katy. Dan’s oldest son, Ryan, and his wife Ginger are the parents of their first two grandchildren, Caitlin and Colin.