After serving six terms in Congress, Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee announced this week that he won’t seek reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rachel Louise Just, political reporter from Up North Live, sat down with MichMash host Cheyna Roth to discuss what the news means for the future of his seat and unpack the Michigan Legislature’s early adjournment.
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In this episode:
- Why Rep. Dan Kildee is not seeking reelection
- The Michigan Democratic party’s fate as multiple seats are up for grabs
- The Michigan Legislature’s agenda moving into the new year
Kildee’s decision to leave was influenced by his battle with cancer earlier this year , though he is currently cancer free. His seat has been held by the Kildee name for a while. Dan’s uncle, former Rep. Dale Kildee, served from 1977 until 2013, when Dan succeeded him. Now, his decision to not seek reelection, although personal, is impacting the fate of the Democratic party majority.
“Because we have these new competitive seats that were redrawn during this new redistricting process with citizens actually doing it themselves, they are more competitive,” said Just, adding it is very possible for Republicans to take that seat.
Although the legislature will not resume until the new year, Just said that there are a lot of moves that are drawing her attention.
“Some of the things that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer outlined in her speech earlier, of what she wanted to get passed. I’m curious if she is going to bring forth anything new. A lot of things that she wanted has already been done,” said Just.
Gov. Whitmer’s outline has been the Democrats prime responsibility so her suggestions will be heavily considered.
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