Congressman Kildee’s Biography
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 just 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: During the water crisis in Flint, Congressman Kildee worked tirelessly to bring much needed relief to Flint families. He led the fight – bringing Democrats and Republicans together in Congress – to pass legislation to bring over $100 million in federal funds to the city to aid in its recovery. And he worked across the aisle to pass laws to prevent a similar crisis from happening in the future. Lastly, he worked with the Obama Administration to secure additional hundreds of millions to help Flint recover, including Medicaid expansion, funding for new jobs and nutritious 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. Congressman Kildee is the Vice Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee. He fights 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.