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Michigan Representative Dan Kildee has revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Kildee, who has represented Michigan’s 5th congressional district since 2013, said he was recently diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is beginning treatment.
“While this is not the news I wanted to share, I am thankful to my doctors for their guidance and support,” Kildee said in the statement. “I am confident in my treatment plan, and I believe I will make a full recovery.”
Kildee, 59, said he plans to continue serving his constituents while undergoing treatment.
“I am grateful to continue to serve the people of Michigan’s 5th Congressional District and I plan to remain actively engaged in my work,” he said.
Kildee, a Democrat, is the US Representative for Michigan’s 5th congressional district, which covers the eastern half of the state, from Detroit to Lansing and Flint. He is the co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity and serves on the House Financial Services Committee.
Kildee has previously served as the Treasurer of Genesee County, Michigan, where he helped launch a successful land bank program. He was first elected to the US House of Representatives in 2012.
Kildee’s office said he will provide additional updates as needed.