(05/30/12) - After 36 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Dale Kildee's career as a congressman for Mid-Michigan is quickly drawing to a close.
ABC12's Ted Fioraliso recently interviewed the 18-term Democrat at his office inside the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill. As he sat behind his desk, he reflected on the past and talked about his hopes for the future of Congress.
"I hope that when I leave here, we can return to those days when I came in and when we had cooperation," Kildee said.
Kildee says things just aren't the same on Capitol Hill as they were when he first came to town in 1977. He says it's getting more difficult to get things done.
"Unfortunately, this has not been a good Congress. It's not been a productive Congress," he said.
Kildee thinks Congress is lacking civility these days.
"People expect us to get some things done and not look upon the other party as being an enemy – the other party has different views, and that's what makes democracy great," Kildee said.
Kildee says he's proud of reaching across the aisle during his tenure, and he wants to continue working with both sides until he closes the door to his office one final time.
"My job in the six months I have left here is to do everything I can to just be civil and treat people with a genuine friendliness," he said.
Kildee's nephew, Dan Kildee, is running to replace his uncle on the Democratic ticket. And two Republicans have thrown their hats into the ring – Jim Slezak and Tom Wassa. The Primary is scheduled for Aug. 6.
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