Kildee ranks 8th among Congress members for most TV appearances

    Dan Kildee on MSNBC, March 4, 2019

    If you’ve noticed U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) on national TV a lot this year, you’re not alone. He’s notched the eighth-most appearances of any member of Congress, with 26 so far, according to Roll Call.

    Kildee, a member of U.S. House leadership and the powerful Ways and Means Committee, is frequently asked to opine on President Donald Trump, who he’s called a “manbaby.” Kildee has hammered Trump for not turning over his tax returns and questioned his business dealings.

    Last month, the Democrat said he believed the U.S. House should take up impeachment hearings after Trump said he wouldn’t reject intelligence from a foreign power on a 2020 political foe.

    Kildee says it’s time for impeachment inquiry

    Washington, D.C.-based Roll Call searched CQ’s newsmaker transcripts since Jan.3, which include CNN, CNN International, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, PBS NewsHour, cable news town halls and the Sunday morning talk shows.

    U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chair of the U.S. Intelligence Committee, had the most appearances with 46.

    Democrats won back the U.S. House in the 2018 election and nine of the top 10 lawmakers on the list are Democrats. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who’s seeking the Democratic nomination for president, came in 10th. Fellow presidential contender U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) was seventh. U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who ended his presidential bid this week, was fifth.

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    Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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