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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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Dr. Benishek Introduces Bill to Address Gray Wolves
Washington, D.C.-  On Wednesday, February 11th, 2015, Congressman Benishek, along with his colleagues, introduced legislation that would allow Michigan and other lake states to continue to responsibly manage wolf populations.   The introduction of this bill follows a decision by a Washington D.C. judge to return the gray wolf to the endangered species list, despite a determination by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that the species had recovered.  "I've lived in Northern Michigan my whole life, and I have a great respect for all of the wildlife here, including the wolves," said Dr. Benishek, a native of Iron Mountain, MI in the Upper Peninsula.  "After gaining valuable input from Michigan officials while helping to craft this legislation, I am pleased that this bill will empower state governments to be responsible stewards of the wolf population in order to balance the protection of the species with the needs of local communities." Dr. Benishek is joined by a bipartis
Dr. Benishek Announces Veterans Advisory Council
Washington, D.C-  Dr. Dan Benishek, Michigan's only Member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, announced today the 2015 Veterans Advisory Council, a group of First District veterans from an array of age groups, locations, and service branches.  This group exists so that Dr. Benishek can remain aware of the experiences veterans are facing on the ground in Northern Michigan.  The 2015 Veterans Advisory Council met for the first time yesterday and discussed issues related to VA reform, implementation of the Veterans Choice Act, and filling gaps in VA care with local community hospitals. "While it's important to meet with VA officials and VSO leaders, I often get the best insights from veterans who are dealing directly with the VA on a regular basis," said Dr. Benishek.  "In the last Congress, Northern Michigan veterans helped me develop several bills that improved the lives of vets across the country.  I look forward to gaining their insigh
Dr. Benishek Announces Program to Help Veterans Become Farmers
Washington, D.C.-  Following the announcement from the USDA to release $9 million in grant funds to minority and veteran farmers, Congressman Dan Benishek, a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, said the following: "One of the biggest problems that veterans face upon returning home is finding stable employment.  Programs like these not only stimulate the economy, but also help provide different options for our vets who are transitioning into a post-military life.  This program is especially relevant to Northern Michigan given the abundance and strength of the agriculture economy in our area.  I encourage any interested veteran in our district to contact my office if they wish to receive more information on how to apply to this program." The USDA initiative, known 2501 Program provides outreach and technical assistance to minority and veteran farmers and ranchers.  Since 2010, the program has distributed over $66 million in grants to over 250 recipients.  These funds ar
Reps. Benishek and Thompson Launch the 114th Congress Invasive Species Caucus
Washington, D.C.-  Today, Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) introduced the Congressional Invasive Species Caucus for the 114th Congress.  Co-chaired by Rep. Mike Thompson of California, this bipartisan caucus works to raise awareness of the impact of invasive species around the country.  The caucus provides members of Congress with educational opportunities about the economic and environmental damage of invasive species, while developing policy solutions to the environmental challenges that result from their spread.  This caucus was first founded by Dr. Benishek and Rep. Thompson in the 113th Congress and had over twenty Members from around the country. "I've fished the lakes of Northern Michigan my whole life, and I've seen the damage done by invasive species, especially invasive phragmites and zebra mussels.   Now we are working to try and prevent the spread of Asian Carp. The importance of protecting both the Great Lakes and inland lakes from these species cannot be overstated.   The

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