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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 Supports Preservation of Working Forests
TRAVERSE CITY, MI: Today, Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) met with leaders in land conservation and preservation in Houghton, Michigan at a Forest Legacy Program roundtable. The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) is a voluntary program between private landowners, states, and the federal government.   The goal of the program is to protect environmentally sensitive areas, encourage the use of conservation easements, and utilize sustainable practices in working forests. "Ensuring our working forests are protected and well managed up here in Northern Michigan is crucial as we move forward with creating sustainable energy sources. The Pilgrim River Watershed is a great example of conservation efforts that will increase recreation and education in the U.P, while working to create sustainable forestry and watershed protection. These efforts are also important to the local economy, with the creation of local forest products as well as increased tourism. It's great that we are able to support and work with
Dr. Benishek Works to Bring Jobs to Northern Michigan
MENOMINEE, MI: Today, Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) celebrated the expansion of Anchor Coupling Inc. in Menominee, Michigan. Anchor Coupling is a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. and will be expanding operations with the creation of 120 new full time jobs over the next year in Northern Michigan.   "It's great news that Anchor Coupling is able to expand and bring more full-time jobs to Northern Michigan. Thanks to companies like Caterpillar and Anchor Coupling, more residents of our area will be able to stay and work here in the U.P. Anchor Coupling is a leader in American innovation. We need to continue working with leaders in Northern Michigan, such as Caterpillar, to improve the economy and bring jobs back to this area," said Dr. Benishek, a lifelong resident of Northern Michigan.   Anchor Coupling is a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., and was established in 1978 in the City of Menominee. Anchor Coupling produces hydraulic hose assemblies for Caterpillar machines in addition to other ori
Dr. Benishek Honors Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year
ESCANABA, MI:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today released the following statement after attending the award ceremony for Sergeant James Edberg, a Northern Michigan resident who was named the "2014 Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year" by the U.P. Veterans' Committee:   "Today, I was deeply honored to take part in the award ceremony for Sergeant James Edberg, who was recognized as the 2014 Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year.  As a former VA surgeon, I have seen many heroes, but Sergeant Edberg is extraordinary because his selfless efforts for this nation did not end after he left active duty in the U.S. Army.  He has continued to serve our country as a mentor to our veterans.  He has dedicated his life to serving our veterans and their families in communities throughout Northern Michigan," said Dr. Benishek, a lifelong resident of Northern Michigan.   Sergeant Edberg served in the B Company's 2/5th 1st Calvary Division of the United States Army. He bravely served our nation in Vietn
Dr. Benishek: Affordable Energy is Crucial for Jobs and Families
TRAVERSE CITY, MI: Today, Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) concluded his “Energy Tour of Northern Michigan” at Camp Grayling, in Grayling, Michigan. Dr. Benishek visited power, hydro-power, solar, wind, and bio-mass plants around the First Congressional District this month to learn from leaders in energy innovation in partnership with the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum. “Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with the business owners, military leaders, and elected officials that are dealing with energy issues on a daily basis. There is no question that Michigan’s energy future and energy security are of paramount importance – families and jobs are all dependent on energy being there when we need it, for a price we can afford. It's time for us to embrace energy production at home. We have the resources to harness many types of energy here in Northern Michigan, which means more jobs, a stronger economy, and less waste,” said Dr. Benishek, the only member of

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