- 1 Background
- 2 Support for the Council on American Islamic Relations
- 3 Lehman connection
- 4 Congressional Progressive Caucus
- 5 PDA connection
- 6 JStreet endorsement
- 7 Lawmakers Address 2015 NIAC Leadership Conference
- 8 NIAC Reception / Fundraiser
- 9 NIAC Leadership conference 2016
- 10 Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation
- 11 Praising CAIR
- 12 PFLP meeting
- 13 Anti-Trump guest
- 14 Nayyirah Shariff connection
- 15 McClinton connection
- 16 ARA endorsement, 2014
- 17 External links
- 18 References
Son of Dale Kildee.
Throughout his career, Dan Kildee has served both as an elected official and a CEO of a national non-profit organization. From 1984 to 2009, he served in a couple of county-level elected positions, as a Genesee County Commissioner and Genesee County Treasurer. He was elected to the United States Congress on November 6, 2012 as the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 5th district. He succeeded his uncle Dale Kildee, who represented Flint in the House of Representatives for 36 years. He resides in Flint Township, Michigan.
Support for the Council on American Islamic Relations
Congressional Progressive Caucus
In June 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Donald Dyer and Tim Gilbert were assigned as contact for Rep. Kildee.
JStreet endorsed him again in 2016.
- Kildee has traveled to Israel multiple times – including one trip while in Congress – and strongly supports a two-state solution.
Lawmakers Address 2015 NIAC Leadership Conference
Washington, DC – “Thank you for the work you have been doing,” said Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), discussing the Iran nuclear deal before the 2015 National Iranian American Council leadership conference. “I really don’t think this would have happened without the really exceptional grassroots movement that took place during the summer.”
“This is a moment to tell the true story of the Iranian people,” Murphy observed, “and link together the American people and the Iranian people.”
Joining Murphy were Representatives Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Dan Kildee (D-MI), who discussed their support for the Iran nuclear agreement.
Representative Kildee discussed his efforts to secure the release of his constituent, Amir Hekmati, an Iranian American who has been detained in Iran since August 2011. Kildee noted that some called for the U.S. to condition its support for a nuclear deal on the release of American prisoners. However, he said, doing so would have been a grave mistake that only ensured the U.S. achieved neither goal.
Kildee promised to continue his efforts to secure the release of Hekamati and other detained Americans, and urged the audience to utilize social media to raise the profile of these cases. He said the lifting of sanctions under the deal will also help increase scrutiny of Iran’s human rights behavior. “How likely is a multinational corporation to place…an individual into Iran when they have a pattern and history of apprehending presumably innocent individuals to have leverage?”
Kildee also emphasized the need to understand that there is a political spectrum in Iran just as there is in the United States. “One mistake [is to] think of Iran as a monolithic society and to take the most extreme voices which gather the most tension…as if it is somehow representative of the Iranian people and I know that it is not,” he explained. “Imagine if the rest of the world accepted as a reflection of American political sentiment some of the commentary that you might be hearing in the context of the American presidential campaign.”
Representative Edwards applauded the work of U.S. negotiators in securing the deal, while noting the deal remains vulnerable to spoilers. She argued that the deal could be challenge the international community to think about weaponized nuclear capacities and move towards denuclearizing the rest of the world. Edwards also noted that the next President will need to actively implant the deal. “We will need a president who understands that not only did we get a deal but for our vision of the world we cannot afford to move away from it.”
NIAC Reception / Fundraiser
From Nat'l Iranian American Council NIAC - Meet n Greet Happy Hr
Saturday, February 27, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Harvard Club of NYC
35 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036 · New York, NY
Focus: Iran / Discriminatory Visa Waiver Issue Hors d'oeuvres and open bar Meet:
- US House of Rep Congressman, Dan Kildee
- Award-Winning Journalist, Peter Beinart
- Co-Founder & President NIAC Council, Dr. Trita Parsi
- Executive Director NIAC Action, Jamal Abdi
NIAC Leadership conference 2016
National Iranian American Council September 23, 2016
We're ready for you! Looking forward to an amazing Leadership Conference this weekend in Washington, D.C. - you can get your last minute tickets here: leadership.niacouncil.org
- NIAC2016 #CreatingAMorePerfectUnion — with Mehdi Hasan, Ben Rhodes, Joe Cirincione, Tyler Cullis, Rula Jebreal, Trita Parsi, Sanam Anderlini, Suzanne DiMaggio, Maz Jobrani, Tara Kamangar, Celinda Lake, Farideh Farhi, Cyrus Habib, Negin Farsad, Congressman Jared Huffman, Mana Kharrazi, Yahya Alkhansa, Ilan Goldenberg, Congressman Dan Kildee, James Dobbins, Philip Gordon and Office of Foreign Assets .Control.
Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation
On December 17, 2015, Rep. Don Beyer, Jr. introduced legislation condemning "violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States." The legislation is based on unsourced claims that there is a "rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance," and a "disproportionate targeting" of "Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing...because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances."
The resolution, H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States  was cosponsored by Rep. Michael Honda, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Brad Ashford, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Michael Quigley, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Robert Brady, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rep. Michael Doyle, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. David Loebsack, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Rep. John Yarmuth, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Jose Serrano, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Lois Capps, Rep. David Price, Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. John Carney, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. John B. Larson, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Matt Cartwright.
“During our many meetings, you always provide a thoughtful and welcomed perspective that truly helps prepare me for the work ahead. I look forward to continuing to work together in the future.” - Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) (2014). 
“It is my sincere wish that you know your faith and continued service in communities like my own are an example to Americans everywhere.”
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) (October 2017).
A group of Democratic lawmakers met with an alleged member of a terrorist organization during a trip funded by an anti-Israel nonprofit Spring 2016.
Seventy-one members of Congress were invited on the all-expenses-paid trip to east Jerusalem and Ramallah in the West Bank, but only five accepted: Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez, Michigan congressman Dan Kildee, Wisconsin congressman Mark Pocan, Pennsylvania congressman Matt Cartwright, and Georgia congressman Hank Johnson.
According to the trip itinerary, the American lawmakers met on May 29 with Shawan Jabarin, an alleged long-time activist for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a designated terrorist organization that has engaged in suicide bombings, assassinations, and plane hijackings. Jabarin serves as director of the Palestinian human rights organization Al Haq, which advocates for economic boycotts of Israel and exploits courts to delegitimize the country, according to NGO Monitor, a pro-Israel watchdog.
The Israeli Supreme Court has described Jabarin as a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, acting some of the time as the CEO of a human rights organization, and at other times as an activist in a terror organization which has not shied away from murder and attempted murder." Jabarin was found guilty of recruiting operatives on behalf of the PFLP in 1985 and has since been denied exit visas by Israel and Jordan.
The May trip also included meetings with Palestinian political and finance officials, including Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. The meeting with Jabarin featured a number of other officials from Palestinian nonprofits as well as the Palestinian minister for prisoner affairs.
Rep. John Conyers didn’t attend President Donald Trump’s inauguration January 2017, but the Detroit Democrat plans to be at Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.
To make a point, he will be accompanied by Nabih Ayad, the lead attorney for the Arab American Civil Rights League who filed suit in Detroit challenging the constitutionality of Trump’s first proposed travel ban.
Conyers and several other Democrats are bringing guests to the speech who have spoken out about or would be personally affected by Trump’s immigration policies or by GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, will be joined by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who 18 months ago uncovered elevated levels of lead in the blood of Flint children.
Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, will take Phoebe Hopps of Traverse City, an activist who helped organize the Michigan contingent of the women’s march in Washington and the protest against Trump’s travel ban at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Nayyirah Shariff connection
Steve Mintline April 29, 2013 ·
Nayyirah Shariff center with Dan Kildee.
Carma Lewis November 4, 2018 ·
We have some powerful people in Flint. Claire. You are a Rockstar! — feeling blessed with Claire McClinton at 501 Bar and Grill.
Claire McClinton with Dan Kildee.
Laura Gillespie MacIntyre She’s telling him to not compromise in the fight for Medicare for all!! I was there to witness and it was a beautiful sight to behold!!
ARA endorsement, 2014
- National Journal "The New Faces of the 113th Congress," November 15, 2012
- Letters of Support for CAIR accessed January 26 2020
- PDA June 2013 Educate Congress Digest
- J Street The political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans
- JStreetPAC 2016 Endorsees
- NIAC November 13, 2015Alexander KneibNIAC Leadership ConferenceNewsUncategorized Lawmakers Address 2015 NIAC Leadership Conference
- H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States, accessed December 26, 2015
- [https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/What-They-Say-About-CAIR.pdf What They Say About CAIR (October 2014)
- The Weekly Standard, Dem Reps Met With Alleged Member of Palestinian Terrorist Group JENNA LIFHITS @JLIFHITSNovember 17, 2016
- Detroit News, Dems challenge Trump with guests for address Melissa Nann Burke, Detroit News Washington Bureau Published 11:57 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2017