Birthdate: Aug. 11, 1958
Birth Place: Flint, MI, United States
Residence: Flint, MI
Religion: Roman Catholic
District: District 5
Dan Kildee was born, raised and currently resides in Flint, Mich. He received a bachelor's degree in administration from Central Michigan University.
Kildee was elected to the Flint Board of Education in 1977 at age 18. He served as a Genesee County commissioner from 1985 to 1997 and country treasurer from 1997 to 2009. Beginning in 2010, Kildee headed the Center for Community Progress, which promoted the reuse of vacant, abandoned and problem properties across the United States.
Kildee ran the congressional campaigns for his uncle, veteran U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, starting in 1992.
Kildee and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.
Dan Kildee, who has run the congressional campaigns for his uncle, U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, since 1992, is seeking that same seat in 2012.
Dale Kildee announced in 2011 that he would not seek re-election to the Flint-area U.S. House seat he had held since 1977.
His nephew, Dan Kildee, a fellow Democrat who mounted a brief run for governor in 2010, jumped into the 5th Congressional District race, saying he had established a "proven record of making government work for the people."
At age 18, Kildee was elected to the Flint Board of Education in 1977. He also served as a Genesee County commissioner from 1985 to 1997 and country treasurer from 1997 to 2009.
In 2010, he announced a run for the state's highest office, jumping into the governor's race. "The way to sort of typify the reaction to my candidacy is that I'm a real Democrat that can win in November," he said at the time.
Kildee said he was running for governor because it was time to make "a clean break from the mess in Lansing" and give "Michigan's working people a governor who gets the job done."
Less than a month later, though, Kildee was out of the race, having failed to unite progressive groups and organized labor around his candidacy.
Afterward, he continued his work heading up the Center for Community Progress, which promotes the reuse of vacant, abandoned and problem properties nationwide.
Then his uncle decided against making another run for Congress. "This is something I'm driven to do, so I'm all in," Dan Kildee said.
Kildee believes that Congress' first priority should be job creation and that more must be done to protect the middle class and working families.
He believes in funding and strengthening the public education system and ensuring that everyone has the possibility of receiving a higher education degree.
Regarding women's issues, Kildee is pro-abortion rights and favors the Paycheck Fairness Act and Violence Against Women Act. He criticized House Republicans for turning the Violence Against Women Act "into a political weapon in order to satisfy extremists in their own party."
Source: Associated Press