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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 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
Benishek Supports Local Maritime Academy
Benishek, Crowley Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging House Appropriations Committee to Boost Federal Funding for State Maritime Academies Over 60 Members of Congress Sign Letter in Support of Continuing Funding for New Training Vessels  Washington, D.C. - Today, Reps. Dan Benishek (R-MI)  and Joe Crowley (D-NY) announced they sent a bipartisan letter along with more than 60 of their colleagues urging leaders of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation to provide robust funding for State Maritime Academies for Fiscal Year 2017. Specifically, the letter urges funding for the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel program to support the construction of a new vessel for the nation's six State Maritime Academies (SMAs) to train future mariners.   "Graduates from institutions like the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City are receiving the training they need for a career on the water. These students are our future ship captains and sailors all around the country. As
Benishek Announces Improvements to Help Veterans Access High Quality Care
Washington, DC - Today Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) announced a new change in policy at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that would reduce the amount of paper work local health care providers must complete when participating in the VA Choice program. This change is intended to decrease the payment delays that local providers experience when participating in the Choice program.  Frequent delays have led to some providers opting to leave the program, further reducing heath care access for veterans.  "Our veterans have earned the right to high quality health care, and it is our responsibility to ensure they have access to that care.  We cannot allow bureaucracy and paperwork to keep the Choice program from working in the manner that Congress intended it to work for our veterans," said Dr. Benishek.  "I have heard from far too many local health care providers who are trying to take care of our veterans in the Choice program, but continue to encounter hurdles such as not being paid
Benishek Announces Congressional Art Competition
  Dr. Benishek Announces Congressional Art Competition High School Art Submissions Now Being Accepted  Washington, DC - Today Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) announced that his office is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.  All high school students who are residents of the 1st District of Michigan are encouraged to participate.  The winning entry will be displayed in the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.    "The Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity to highlight talented, young artistis in Northern Michigan and throughout our country," said Dr. Benishek.  "The winning artwork is displayed in a passageway to the U.S. Capitol where it is viewed by thousands of visitors and Members of Congress everyday."    Interested students and teachers should visit www.benishek.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition or call 906-273-2074 for more information and the full guidelines to submit entries.    Each student will

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