Dan Kildee

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Dan Kildee
Dan Kildee.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorDale E. Kildee (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$2.70 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryAugust 5, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$721,598
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Genesee County treasurer
1997-2009
Genesee County Commission
1985-1997
Education
Bachelor'sCentral Michigan University
Personal
BirthdayAugust 11, 1958
Place of birthFlint, Michigan
Net worth$180,004
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Dan Kildee campaign logo
Dan Kildee (b. August 11, 1958, in Flint, MI) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Michigan's 5th Congressional District. He was first elected in 2012. He is the nephew of the previous incumbent, Dale E. Kildee.

Kildee defeated Jim Slezak (R), Gregory Creswell (L) and David Davenport (I) to win the general election on November 6, 2012.

Kildee is running for re-election to Michigan's 5th District in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Kildee is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Kildee was born in Flint, MI where he grew up in a close knit family. He attended the University of Michigan-Flint, but dropped out before getting his degree. He later returned to college and earned his B.S. in 2007. His first elected office was as the Genesee County Commissioner and then the county Treasurer. He later co-founded the Center for Community Progress which is a non profit that seeks to recommend policies to local cities and towns throughout the country.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Kildee's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1976-1982: Attended University of Michigan-Flint
  • 1976-1985: Youth specialist, Whaley Children’s Center
  • 1985-1997: Genesee County Commission
  • 1997-2009: Genesee County Treasurer
  • 2007: Attended Central Michigan University, earned a B.S.
  • 2009-Present: President and CEO, Center for Community Progress

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Kildee serves on the following committees:[3]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Kildee's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Kildee voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[6]

DHS Appropriations Act (2014)

Nay3.png Kildee voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Kildee voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Kildee voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Kildee joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[12][13]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[15] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[16] Kildee voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[18] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Kildee voted for HR 2775.[19]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Nay3.png Kildee voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Kildee voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Kildee voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[23]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Kildee voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[24]

SNAP challenge

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Kildee, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[25] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Kildee's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Kildee is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Kildee received a score of 58 percent on social issues and 32 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27]

Campaign themes

2012

The following are six issues which were highlighted on Kildee's campaign website.[29]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "America needs more jobs. That’s why Congress’ first priority should be job creation and strengthening our economy. Yet after the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Congress has refused to pass a single jobs bill. To get more Americans working, I believe we should be giving tax incentives to companies that create jobs in Michigan, not funding those that ship our jobs overseas."
  • Medicare
Excerpt: "In Congress, I will fight any plan that tries to eliminate or privatize Medicare."
  • Education
Excerpt: " Fully funding our schools must be a priority because our children deserve the best education possible. I believe we must also invest in higher education and ensure that everyone can afford to go to college."
  • The Environment
Excerpt: "I believe we need stronger – not weaker – standards to ensure that the air we breathe and water we drink is free from contamination and that our environment is preserved for future generations."
  • Women’s Issues
Excerpt: "I believe we should be increasing access to health care for women, not dictating or limiting their options."
  • Corporate Money Out of Politics
Excerpt: "We’ve got to get the money out of politics. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has opened the floodgates, letting corporations and a handful of billionaires have unlimited influence and reign over our elections."

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Kildee is running for re-election to Michigan's 5th District in 2014. Kildee is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Michigan's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Kildee won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 5th District.[30] Kildee ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary.[31] He defeated Jim Slezak (R), Gregory Creswell (L) and David Davenport (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[32]


Dan Kildee, "Dan Kildee Announcement"[33]
U.S. House, Michigan District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Kildee 65% 214,531
     Republican Jim Slezak 31.5% 103,931
     Libertarian Gregory Creswell 1.5% 4,990
     Independent David Davenport 2% 6,694
Total Votes 330,146
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kildee is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kildee raised a total of $721,598 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[34]

Dan Kildee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 5) Won $721,598
Grand Total Raised $721,598

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kildee’s reports.[35]

Dan Kildee (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2013$142,259.01$18,249.18$(70,860.57)$89,647.62
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2013$89,647.62$131,435.50$(45,804.48)$175,278.64
October Quarterly[38]October 15, 2013$175,278.64$95,906.49$(60,692.86)$210,492.27
Year-End[39]January 31, 2014$210,492.27$101,531.07$(61,206.74)$250,816.60
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$251,356.60$111,105.00$(33,539.32)$328,922.28
Running totals
$458,227.24$(272,103.97)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Kildee's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Kildee won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kildee's campaign committee raised a total of $721,598 and spent $579,339.[41]

Cost per vote

Kildee spent $2.70 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kildee's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $50,009 and $309,999. That averages to $180,004, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Kildee ranked as the 355th most wealthy representative in 2012.[42] Between 2011 and 2012, Kildee's calculated net worth[43] decreased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[44]

Dan Kildee Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$194,444
2012$180,004
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-7%
Average annual growth:-7%[45]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[46]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kildee is a "centrist Democrat" as of July 2014.[47]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Kildee missed 3 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.3 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[48]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[49]

Kildee most often votes with:

Kildee least often votes with:

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Kildee voted with the Democratic Party 94.2 percent of the time, which ranked 68th among the 204 House Democratic members as of 2014.[50]

2013

Kildee voted with the Democratic Party 96.8 percent of the time, which ranked 37th among the 201 House Democratic members as of 2013.[51]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Kildee ranked 81st in the liberal rankings in 2013.[52]

Personal

Dan is married to his wife, Jennifer. They have two children attending college in Michigan.[53]

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

  1. Kildee's Campaign Website, "About Dan," accessed October 5, 2012
  2. National Journal, "Michigan, 5th House District," November 7, 2012
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  26. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 On The Issues, "Kildee Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
  28. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  29. Dan Kildee, "On the Issues" accessed October 5, 2012
  30. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  31. Michigan Department of State, "Primary Results"
  32. Associated Press primary results
  33. YouTube channel
  34. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Dan Kildee," accessed May 16, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Dale Kildee Summary Report," accessed July 26, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Dale Kildee April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Dave Camp July Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Kildee October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Kildee Year-End," accessed January 10, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Kildee April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 15, 2013
  42. OpenSecrets, "Kildee (D-MI), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  43. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  44. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  46. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  47. GovTrack, "Rep. Daniel Kildee," accessed July 29, 2014
  48. GovTrack, "Dan Kildee," accessed April 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Dan Kildee," accessed July 29, 2014
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  52. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 29, 2014
  53. Campaign Website, "About Dan," accessed June 20, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Dale E. Kildee
U.S. House - Michigan District 5
2013-present
Succeeded by
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