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Dale Kildee, who served Flint area in Congress for 36 years, dies at 92. He was a Republican who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 93

Dale Kildee, who served Flint area in Congress for 36 years, dies at 92. He was a Republican who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 93

Whitmer, Pelosi, and others will remember Dale Kildee for his kindness, decency, humour, honesty, courage, determination, dedication, hard work ethic, for Dali Kildere.

Dale Kildee, who served as Flints congressman for more than 30 years, has died at the age of 92.

Kildee, a Democrat, had the sixth-highest rank in the U.S. House of Representatives when he announced ten years ago. He was formerly flint school teacher and the son of an assembly line worker at Buick.

He was elected to the state House in 1964, elected in 1976 and re-elected 17 times in a row.

According to the Kildee family and the office of U.S. Rep. Dan Kildde, D-Flint Twp., he died Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Dan Kildee, who replaced his uncle in Congress, said in a statement on Wednesday, Oct. 13, that the family is mourning the loss of our beloved Dale.

Dale was a member of the family first and foremost. Dale was an incredible uncle and role model, according to the statement. Dale became a political mentor to me as I followed in his footsteps into securing responsibilities in the public sector.

He was always proud to be from Flint, the birthplace of the modern labor movement, he said. Dale was kind, humble, and dedicated to his constituents throughout his career, according to Dan Kildee. Dale never forgot who he worked for or the constituents who sent him to Congress. Dale always brought civility and kindness to the political debate, something we could all learn from today.

Kildee told MLive-The Flint Journal before his departure from Congress that he loved representing his hometown and surrounding areas in Washington.

Theres not a day that I dont enjoy coming to work, he added. There are some tough days, days when I work 36 hours straight, but I enjoy the job, he added.

Kildee stated then that getting more than $100 million in federal funding for Bishop Airport and earmarks for Kettering University and Mott Community College were among his proudest accomplishments.

As a congressman, he was regarded as obliging ally of the automobile industry and led several educational reforms, including revisions to the No Child Left Behind legislation, as well as raising Pell grants and supporting Head Start initiatives.

In 2010, he garnered his 20,000th vote, cementing his reputation as the Cal Ripken of Congress.

He had missed just 28 votes since arriving in Washington in 1977 -- a 99.9% voting attendance record. Approximately 17 percent of the missed votes were due to a hospital stay in 1985.

Kildee said at the time that he was just following in the footsteps of his father, who worked on the line at a former Buick Motor Division in Flint and never missed .

In the state legislature, his achievements included the establishment of the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver, a program that provides free college education to Native American students.

Timothy and Norma Kildee were the second and youngest of five children born on September 16, 1929 in Flint, Michigan. He grew up on the east side of the city, first at a home on New York Avenue and then on Jane Avenue.

Kildee, a 12-year-old boy, remembers President Franklin D. Roosevelts declaration of war on Japan on Dec. 8, 1941, which described the attack on Pearl Harbor as a date which will live in infamy.

He received the American Legion Medal of Citizenship during his senior year of high school, before graduating from St. Mary's High School in Flint in 1947.

Kildee was thrown between government and priesthood as a teenager and for years after. He spent several years as a seminary student before ordination.

He then earned his teachers license at the University of Detroit.

Kildee taught in Detroit from 1954 to 1956, before returning to Flint to teach Latin at Flint Central High School until 1964, when he was elected to the state House.

Gayle, a French teacher, and Gaye, his wife's teacher at Central, were both students. They were married in 1965 and had three children.

Paul, Laura, and David are his children.

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