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Longtime Michigan Congressman Dale Kildee wants time in Congress to be even longer

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Congressman Dale Kildee (D) tours an auto parts plant in Flint

Dale Kildee won his first term in the United States Congress in 1976. Next year, he plans to run again. The Associated Press reports Kildee's spokesman says the octogenarian politician has always planned to run for another term. 

Democrat Dale Kildee of Flint plans to run for a 19th term in Congress. Spokeswoman Erin Donar said Wednesday that Kildee "always planned to run again." The 81-year-old congressman joins fellow longtime Michigan Democrats John Dingell and John Conyers in saying they're going to seek re-election in 2012. Kildee defeated Republican John Kupiec this past November, earning 53 percent of the vote to 44 percent for his challenger, a businessman from Grand Blanc. Kildee represents the 5th District, which includes all of Genesee and Tuscola counties and parts of Bay and Saginaw counties.