Rep.-elect Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) has been named by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to serve on the House Financial Services Committee.
Kildee, a former county commissioner and treasurer, will be sworn in on Jan. 3, replacing Rep. Dale Kildee, his uncle, who is set to retire.
“My prior experience in the housing and financial sector is a natural fit with the work of the committee, which, among other things, is tasked with strengthening our financial system and rebuilding the cities and regions of the nation,” Kildee said. “I look forward to working on the committee to revitalize America’s cities and towns and to help create good-paying jobs in Michigan.”
As commissioner of Genesee County, Kildee oversaw the county budget, and as treasurer, he presided over five bond-ratings upgrades. Kildee also served as chairman of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners and led efforts to develop the Bishop International Airport.
In 2002, Kildee established the Genesee County Land Bank, which won the Harvard Innovations in Government Award in 2007 and is being replicated across the nation. Kildee also founded the Center for Community Progress in 2009, which aims to help states and cities nationwide reincorporate and repurpose abandoned properties.
Additionally, freshmen of the new Congress chose Kildee to serve as their representative to the Steering and Policy Committee. Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced late last month that she would allow incoming congressmen to hold a direct election to select a member of the Steering and Policy Committee.
“Our newly-elected Members selected a proven leader committee to middle class priorities: his constituents, the House Democratic Caucus and the Congress will be well-served by his guidance,” Pelosi said.