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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 Presses Washington Regulators on New Rules that Will Increase Home Heating Costs
WASHINGTON, DC:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not increase home heating costs for Michigan families by enacting new regulations on wood burning stoves. “Families in Northern Michigan are tired of seeing their utility bills go up because of Washington regulations.  In this tough economy, a lot of people are struggling and the last thing they need is for the EPA to slap new rules on our wood burning stoves.  During this very cold winter, we’ve already seen a spike in propane prices and home heating bills—and new regulations on stoves will make things even worse.  I’m hoping the EPA will use some common sense on these proposed new rules, rather than a one-size-fits-all Washington approach,” said Dr. Benishek, a general surgeon and lifelong resident of Northern Michigan.  Benishek’s pressing of the EPA comes as the agency’s proposed New Source Performance Standards would update emission requirements for new residential
Dr. Benishek: “America’s Laws Must Be Enforced”
WASHINGTON, DC:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today supported legislation that gives Congress the ability to counteract executive overreach and promote transparency and honesty in the federal government by requiring federal officials to provide an explanation regarding any laws that are not being enforced.    “Many citizens in Northern Michigan are deeply concerned with the Administration and the career politicians in Washington refusing to enforce the law.  We cannot have a system where the executive branch can continue to unilaterally decide how laws should be enforced.  Our founding fathers designed a government that has three equal branches and derives its power from the people.  No office or office holder is above the Constitution, and we have to ensure that sacred principle is protected,” said Dr. Benishek, a doctor from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  The legislation, known as the “Faithful Execution of the Law Act,” requires all federal officials who stop enforcing
Dr. Benishek Votes “Yes” on Protecting Health Care Access for Northern Michigan Seniors
WASHINGTON, DC:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today supported bipartisan legislation that will reform the Medicare payment system and delay the implementation of the individual mandate in the president’s health care law. “As a doctor who has treated seniors for 30 years, I know just how important Medicare is for our seniors and will always work to strengthen the program.  This effort will provide seniors and their doctors the certainty they deserve and help ensure doctors can continue to see Medicare patients.  Seniors are already being hurt by the president’s health care law—especially Obamacare’s nearly $2 billion in cuts to Medicare payments in Northern Michigan.  We are already seeing the health care law forcing hospitals to cut employees and put access to care for our seniors at risk.  This legislation is the kind of bipartisan effort that offers real solutions for our health care system, instead of just bigger government,” said Dr. Benishek, a general surgeon from I
President Obama Signs Benishek’s Sleeping Bear Dunes Legislation Into Law
WASHINGTON, DC:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today announced that U.S. President Barack Obama has signed legislation to protect access to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore into law. “Today is a huge win for Sleeping Bear Dunes, our economy, and for the citizens of Northern Michigan.  For the past 12 years, local residents in Leelanau and Benzie counties have worked tirelessly to develop this plan and help get it into place.  Today, their work has become reality.  With the dunes contributing over $150 million to our local economy and supporting thousands of jobs, this is a great day for Northern Michigan.  It has been a privilege to be able to shepherd this bill into law,” said Dr. Benishek, a lifelong resident of Upper Michigan and member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.   The newly passed law will designate approximately 32,500 acres of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as “wilderness” areas.  This bill ensures that natural features of the area

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