Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 24, 2020, on the extension of federal unemployment benefits. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Dan Kildee
Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 24, 2020, on the extension of federal unemployment benefits. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democrats’ chief deputy whip has worked to deliver federal relief to Flint and fight blight to strengthen communities.

MICHIGAN — It’s a routine US Rep. Dan Kildee knows well.

The Flint Township native won his fifth term to represent Michigan’s 5th Congressional District, this time defeating Republican Tim Kelly by about 12 percentage points.

His district includes Genesee, Bay, Arenac, Iosco, and parts of Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

Kildee, who made no statement regarding his victory, was first elected in 2012 after succeeding his uncle, Dale Kildee, who held the same seat for 36 years.

In 2016, he co-sponsored legislation to deliver $170 million in aid to Flint following the now infamous water crisis. It was personal for Kildee, 62, who was born and raised in the city.

In addition to combating the lead-based water conditions and working to bring federal relief, he has campaigned on flighting blight, he helped free a Marine veteran and Flint native Amir Hekmati from an Irani prison, and he has worked to protect the Great Lakes as a natural resource.

He is the chief deputy whip for the Democrats in the current Congress. He is also part of the Ways and Means Committee, working to lower healthcare premiums and prescription drugs, protect Social Security and Medicare, and negotiate trade deals.

Prior to being a member of Congress, Kildee founded the Genesee County Land Bank—the first land bank in Michigan, which inspired over 100 other land banks nationwide to open.