At a Glance
- Career History: Michigan state Senate (1974-1974); Michigan House of Representatives (1964-1974), high school teacher (1954-1964)
- Birthday: September 16, 1929
- Hometown: Flint, Mich.
- Alma Mater: B.A. from Sacred Heart Seminary (1952), Rotary Fellow, University of Peshawar, Pakistan (1958-1959), M.A. from University of Michigan (1961)
- Spouse: Gayle Heyn
- Religion: Catholic
- Committees: Education and Labor Committee (Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education); Natural Resources Committee
- DC Office: 2107 Rayburn Office Building: 202-225-3611
- State/District Office: Flint: 810-239-1437; Saginaw: 989-755-8904; Bay City: 989-891-0990; Toll free to Michigan offices: 1-800-662-2685
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Path to Power
Kildee was born in 1929, the son of a Flint autoworker.
A graduate of Sacred Heart seminary, Kildee studied to be in the priesthood before teaching in high schools in Detroit and Flint.
Kildee voted with his party 98.1 percent of the time during the 110th Congress.
In 2007, Kildee authored successful legislation that increased congressional oversight of the House page program following the explosive scandal involving inappropriate overtures to a page by then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.).
Kildee calls Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) his congressional best friend. "John has been very good to me. And we talk about everything under the sun," Kildee said.
He and fellow Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who is retiring in 2010, have worked together on anti-abortion rights issues.