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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 Fights for Iron Mountain Processing Facility
WASHINGTON, DC: Today, Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) urged the Postmaster General to reconsider closing the Iron Mountain Processing and Distribution located in nearby Kingsford, Michigan.  In addition, Dr. Benishek urged the USPS to address the concerns previously raised by the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance and Operation Action UP regarding the economic impact of the closure. "Receiving timely mail delivery is something that individuals and businesses across the country expect from our postal service, especially in rural Northern Michigan. I am deeply disappointed by the Postal Service's determination to close the processing facility in Iron Mountain; a closure that will have devastating effects on the local economy. While I realize the Post Office is facing significant fiscal challenges, our local rural communities should not have to pay the price.  It isn't just those that work at the processing facility in that will be impacted, but the entire community.  Many small b
Dr. Benishek's Statement on Passage of Highway Funding
WASHINGTON, DC: Dr. Dan Benishek, M.D. (MI-01) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014: "All families and business owners know how important maintaining our roads and highways is to our economy here in Northern Michigan.  If we can maintain our roads and keep them safe, then more jobs and opportunities will come to our communities. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on long term reforms that will give states more flexibility on determining the transportation needs here in Northern Michigan and around the U.S."  #  #  #  
Dr. Benishek's Statement on Upper Peninsula Federal Disaster Aid Request
WASHINGTON, DC:  Today, Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) issued the following statement in response to Upper Peninsula of Michigan's ongoing request for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for damages that occurred during the winter months: "Although the temperatures have risen, the impact of this winter's historic freezes and snowfalls are still being felt in Northern Michigan.  I am continuing to work with Marquette County and other communities in the U.P. to ensure their needs and the unique issues that were the result of abnormally long freezes are understood by FEMA officials.  Working with local, county and state officials, I am encouraged that we will obtain the federal emergency aid our communities need to recover." Governor Snyder declared a "state of emergency" for Marquette County in April and it is estimated that the Upper Peninsula has experienced nearly $20 million in damages.    #  #  #  
Dr. Benishek's Statement on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding
WASHINGTON, DC: Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) making up to $27.5 million available for the 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI): "The Great Lakes are vital to Northern Michigan's economy and are directly and indirectly responsible for thousands of jobs.  The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has focused on some valuable projects here in Northern Michigan, from combating invasive species to cleaning up local beaches.  Many of our communities up here depend on the harbors and ports for shipping and recreational boating and properly maintaining these waterways through projects funded by the GLRI is critical for our economy. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to ensure that these important projects-from Traverse City to the Western UP-remain in place-so we can keep our Great Lakes clean and healthy." Dr. Benishek serves a co-chair and founder of the Ho

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