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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 Votes to Pass Key Pro-Life Bills
Washington, D.C. -  Following the release of videos revealing the disturbing practice of the sale of organs from aborted babies at Planned Parenthood clinics, Dr. Dan Benishek helped author legislation to completely prevent any taxpayer resources from going to the abortion provider.  HR 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, would immediately halt all sources of Federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  The House voted today to pass this legislation. "Northern Michigan taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize something they find morally reprehensible.  It is clear that Planned Parenthood engages in barbaric practices that are unacceptable to most Americans.  I will always stand on the side of life," said Dr. Dan Benishek, a member of the Pro-Life Caucus. The House also voted in favor of H.R. 3504, a bill that would require doctors to administer life saving treatment to babies who survive failed abortions.In addition to these bills, Dr. Benishek has co-signed a letter t
Benishek Toxic Exposure Bill Surpasses 80 Co-Sponsors
Washington, D.C.-  Dr. Dan Benishek, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Veterans Health, recently introduced the bi-partisan, bi-cameral Toxic Research Exposure Act along with Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) and Sens. Moran (R-KS) and Blumenthal (D-CT).  In the House of Representatives, the bill has now earned over 80 co-sponsors with strong representation of both parties. "We owe it to our veterans and their loved ones to deliver answers about the effects of toxic chemicals to which they were exposed during their service," said Dr. Benishek, who served as a surgeon at the VA for over 20 years.  "I believe the broad, bi-partisan interest in this bill demonstrates the strong support for advancing this legislation. H.R. 1722, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, would create a Center of Excellence at the VA to investigate the effects of Toxic Exposure on veterans and their descendants.  This bill was voted unanimously out of the Sub-Committee on Veterans Health and now awaits consideration
Benishek Demands VA be Held Accountable for 300K Dead Vets
Washington, DC - The VA Inspector General released a report this morning indicating that the over 300,000 veterans died while waiting in the VA backlog to receive care.  These veterans were among the 800,000 total who were caught in  the backlog. The report went on to indicate that VA employees hid applications for care in their desks and that VA officials recommended that these employees not be disciplined. "The Inspector General's report is outrageous, and its finding are tragic.  The endless amount of probing and investigations that it takes before the VA finally reveals the truth about the mismanagement that is occurring has got to stop now.  Our veterans are suffering and no veteran who has served in the defense of our nation should ever die from bureaucratic incompetence.  We continue to provide the VA new tools and authority to help instill a culture of accountability, but unless the VA starts telling the truth about the extent of the mismanagement, no one will be able to p
Benishek, Brownley hold Subcommittee Field Hearing
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Dr. Dan Benishek in his capacity as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Veterans Health held a Field Hearing today in Sault Sainte Marie in order to gather testimony on the obstacles facing rural veterans seeking health care.  Ranking Member Julia Brownley of California also attended this event. At the Hearing, Dr. Benishek called out the VA's failure to hire a doctor for the clinic in the Soo.  The VA testified that they are working to find a physician for the facility. "Veterans who are seeking care deserve to be able to access a qualified doctor, even if they live in rural areas like the Soo.  I've served patients at the Iron Mountain VA for two decades, and I've seen first hand how at times veterans can struggle to access care.  That is what we are working to change through the Vets Committee in the House," said Dr. Benishek.   It is estimated that over 100 people attended the event. The list of those who testified can be found here: "Realizing Quality Rural Care

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