Congressman Dale L. Kildee

Nov 30, 2007

D-Flint, Michigan 5th Congressional District

Congressman Dale L. KildeeD-Flint, Michigan 5th Congressional District
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Also receiving an honorary degree in December is Congressman Dale E. Kildee (D-Flint), who will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.  Congressman Kildee represents Michigan’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  A native of Flint and former teacher, the Congressman is considered one of the most respected political leaders in the country.

He was born in Flint on Sept. 16, 1929.  He earned a bachelor’s degree at Sacred Heart Seminary and a teaching certificate at the University of Detroit.  The Congressman earned a master's degree at the University of Michigan and was a graduate student in history and political science at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan, under a Rotary Foundation Fellowship. 
Congressman Kildee has spent a career supporting education and improving society through better schools.  His early career was spent as a teacher.  He taught at the University of Detroit High School from 1954-1956 and spent from 1956-1964 as a teacher at Flint Central High School. 
In 1964, he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in Michigan's 81st District.  He was re-elected for four succeeding terms in the Michigan House.  In 1974, he was elected to the Michigan State Senate in the 29th District.
Since 1976, he has served in the United States House of Representatives.  He represents Michigan’s 5th Congressional District, which encompasses all of Genesee and Tuscola counties and parts of Bay and Saginaw counties. The district includes Flint, Saginaw and Bay City and is home to several institutions of higher learning, including Delta College, Kettering University, Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint.
He is currently the vice chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and is a member of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. He also is a member of the House Committee on Resources, where he sits on the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands and the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans.  And he also is co-chairman of both the Native American and Automotive Caucuses.
Congressman Kildee is a member of the Optimists, Urban League, Knights of Columbus, Phi Delta Kappa (national honorary fraternity) and the American Federation of Teachers. He is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
He and his wife, Gayle, have been married since Feb. 27, 1965.  They have three adult children: David, Laura and Paul, and six grandchildren.