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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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Benishek Supports Local Small Business & Farmers
WASHINGTON, DC:  Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01) issued the following statement following passage of today, H.R. 5078, “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act,” a bill designed to stop the Obama Administration from implementing a proposed rule that would expand the jurisdiction of federal bureaucrats over state and local waters. “I was pleased to support this bipartisan legislation today that will work to stop the federal takeover of our state and local water jurisdictions.  Once again, the Obama Administration is favoring Washington bureaucrats over hardworking farmers and small business owners,” noted Dr. Benishek. The legislation, which was supported by the Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Pork Producers, United States Chamber of Commerce, local county governments, and many others, is designed to stop the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from implementing a proposed rule that would greatly e
Dr. Benishek Authors Legislation to Research Toxic Exposure for Military Families
WASHINGTON, DC:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today announced he has introduced the Toxic Exposure Research Act, H.R. 5484, with Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17) to establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) a national center for research into the health conditions experienced by the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances. “Having had the opportunity to treat our veterans as a doctor at a VA hospital for nearly 20 years, I understand that not all the injuries our returning service members suffer from are immediately evident.  Wounds from exposure to toxic chemicals can have lifelong and generational effects, the impacts of which we are still determining today, “ said Dr. Benishek. “This bipartisan bill will help address the need to better understand the toxins that many of our heroes have been exposed to, and ensure we focus on understanding the effect exposure may have on their descendants.” The Toxic Exposure Research Act will allow the VA to research
Benishek Statement on September 11th Anniversary
WASHINGTON, DC: Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States: “Thirteen years ago we lost many of our fellow Americans in a senseless act of terror. We will never forget the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when our nation was attacked and terrorists claimed the lives of over 3,000 of our citizens. As we move forward, we must continue to remain united in our efforts to root out terror, while protecting the people of this great nation. On behalf of the First District I would like to thank all of our first-responders and men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety. May God bless our great nation and those who lost loved ones on this day, as well as those who are currently fighting for our freedom abroad.” 
Dr. Benishek: Keep Your Health Plan If You Like It
Washington, DC – Today Dr. Benishek (MI-01) praised the passage of H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act, which would allow more Northern Michigan families to keep their health plans. “As a doctor, I know that individuals and families all have different health needs and must have the flexibility to find a health plan that works best for them.  However, since the implementation of Obamacare, too many Northern Michigan families have lost the health plan they want even though the President promised you could keep it,” said Dr. Benishek.  “Instead they are facing higher premiums, fewer choices and less coverage.” H.R. 3522 would allow plans available on the group market in 2013 to continue to be offered through 2018, protecting workers from upcoming mandates that will cause plan cancellations.  Supporters of the bill include the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the National Association of Manufacturers. “Obamacare continues to be bad medicine fo

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