Legislators mourn the loss of former Congressman Dale Kildee

LANSING — Former U.S. Rep. Dale E. Kildee passed away peacefully this morning. Kildee represented Flint and the surrounding areas for over 35 years from 1977 until 2013. Before that, he served as both a state senator and representative.

He was an advocate for the rights of working people and the importance of education. He exemplified the fighting spirit of his Flint community. His nephew Dan Kildee succeeded him in Congress. Local officials across Genesee County are thankful for the work that former Congressman Dale Kildee did throughout his life. He was 92.

“Dale was as good a person as he was an effective elected official,” said state Rep. Cynthia Neeley (D-Flint). “His leadership will be missed, but all of those he encouraged to get involved in politics will continue to do the important work which he dedicated his life to.”

“Dale Kildee was a true public servant who genuinely cared about his constituents,” said state Rep. John Cherry (D-Flint). “His legacy can be seen in the lives of all the people he helped, whether through his work in Washington or when walking the neighborhoods of the communities he represented. I will always remember the values he espoused whenever I saw him speak: a fundamental respect for human dignity. I will miss Dale and I hope we will continue his legacy.”

“I have worked in politics for decades and there have been few people more talented than Dale Kildee,” state Rep. Tim Sneller (D-Burton). “I am beyond thankful for the contributions he made to Genesee County and the mentorship he provided to so many who wanted to make a difference. His family should take pride in the fact that he made a difference in the lives of others every single day.”