Former Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee Dies

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee, who served in Congress for 36 years, has died.

He was 92.

Kildee’s death was announced Wednesday by his nephew, Rep. Dan Kildee, who succeeded him after his 2012 retirement.

Dale Kildee, a Democrat, was first elected to the House in 1976 and represented Flint and surrounding areas. He was a high school teacher before winning election to the state House and later the state Senate.

“Dale will be remembered for many accomplishments in Congress, but especially his work to support early childhood education through Head Start, reform the No Child Left Behind initiative and promote child and senior nutrition programs,” Dan Kildee said in a statement. “Dale fought fervently for programs to address hunger in our country, establishing the first-of-its-kind summer nutrition program in churches so kids wouldn’t go hungry.”

Dale Kildee is survived by his wife, Gayle, three children and grandchildren.