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The U.S. Representative for Michigan's 1st congressional district, serving since 2011.
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ENG: Daniel Joseph Benishek (born April 20, 1952) is an American physician and politician currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. Early life, education, and medical career Benishek was born in Iron River, Michigan in 1952, to a daughter of Polish immigrants. His father was killed in local iron mines in 1957, so Dan was raised by his widowed mother and extended family. He worked in the family business, the Iron River Hotel, until he went to college. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1974 with a degree in biology. From there, he graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1978. Prior to his election to Congress, he was a general surgeon in the Dickinson County ...
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Benishek's Goals Include Healthcare, Social Security

The race to fill Congressman Bart Stupak's seat representing the entire Upper Peninsula and most of the Northern Lower Peninsula is considered too close to call. It's drawing national attention. To The PointRepublican nominee, Dr. Dan Benishek, is a big man, six-foot-three. You can't miss him on the campaign trail. However imposing his physical stature, though, he keeps it short and polite when addressing an audience. At a G.O.P. rally in Escanaba earlier this month, gubernatorial hopeful Rick Snyder fired up the crowd for almost ten minutes: "We are going to create more and better jobs," ...

Benishek: Oil companies pay their fair share

Politico reports that at a public forum back in Michigan, freshman Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) said, "(Democrats) talk about raising the taxes on the oil companies. I think oil companies pay their fair share." In the 2010 cycle, Benishek received $36,650 from oil and gas interests, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. So far this year, he has received $9,000 in donations from the industry. Benishek was one of the House members included in our report with the League of Conservation Voters on oil PAC giving in the first half of the year. According to the report, "a whopping 94% of ...

Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI-1) Tours Afghanistan

Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01) today released the following statement: “This past weekend I had the privilege to meet with members of America’s fighting forces in Afghanistan. I believe I speak for all Americans when I state how proud I am of the men and women who have chosen to defend this country’s interests abroad. I went on this brief tour for the purpose of learning more about the medical techniques being used to treat those who have been maimed on the battlefield. I remain deeply concerned about the endless nature of this decade long conflict in Afghanistan. I am ...

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VA Accountability Bill Passes House
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act by a vote of 310-116.  The legislation was co-sponsored by Congressman Dan Benishek. “Our work on the Veterans Committee has been focused on ensuring the VA Secretary has the tools necessary to help our veterans receive the care they have earned,” said Dr. Benishek.  “This legislation gives the VA Secretary the authority to reprimand and dismiss toxic employees who undermine the VA’s mission of caring for America’s veterans, and makes improvement to the appeals process to assist our veterans in need of help.” H.R. 5620 authorizes the VA Secretary to fire or demote any VA employee for performance or misconduct, including recoup bonuses or relocation expenses; increase protections for whistleblowers; reform the VA’s appeals process by increasing avenues of recourse for veterans; and eliminate all bonuses for VA Senior Executive Service Employe
Benishek Introduces Legislation to Rename Traverse City VA Clinic
Washington, DC:  Today, Dr. Benishek introduced legislation to rename the Traverse City VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) after Colonel Demas T. Craw, a Medal of Honor recipient from Traverse City.  “Renaming the Traverse City facility after a local Medal of Honor recipient is an appropriate way to not only recognize the service of Colonel Craw, but it is also a reminder of the sacrifices that so many Northern Michigan veterans have made for our nation,” said Dr. Benishek. Born near Traverse City in 1900, Colonel Craw served in in the U.S. Army during both world wars. As a United States Army Air Forces officer in WWII, he served as a U.S. advisor to the Royal Air Force prior to American entry to the war and was captured and interned by German forces for six weeks in 1941. He was killed in action on November 8, 1942, after volunteering to lead a dangerous and ultimately successful mission behind enemy lines. He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for “conspicuous
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: A Reminder of the Importance of Early Detection
Picture a sold-out football game at the Superior Dome in Marquette packed with 8,000 fans. Now, multiply that number by five and that represents roughly the same number of American women and men who die from breast cancer each year. But there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1989. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the perfect opportunity to learn more about breast screening guidelines that have been the subject of controversy in recent years. As a doctor who has treated patients in Northern Michigan for nearly 30 years, I have come to learn that while the value of early detection is widely recognized, conflicting screening recommendations can cause confusion about the age, frequency and method of screening. Why is there a lack of consensus? There are several reasons, including differing interpretations of data and changing screening or treatment options. Conflicting judgments about
Benishek Sportsmen Bill Included in Package to be Negotiated with Senate
Washington, D.C. – Legislation authored by Dr. Dan Benishek to protect sportsmen rights was passed today by the House of Representatives as part of an amendment to S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act.  “Hunting and fishing are more than just recreational activities in Northern Michigan, they are major contributors to our economy,” said Dr. Benishek.  “It is vital that we protect access to our federal lands for these activities.” The language introduced by Dr. Benishek, H.R. 528, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act, would create an "open until closed" policy for sportsmen's use of federal land and would block threats from interest groups that seek to limit hunting, fishing and shooting on federal properties. The proposed legislation would limit these threats to sportsmen access by directing federal land managers at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to facilitate use and access for hunting, fishing,

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