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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 in Favor of Tax Extender Bill
WASHINGTON - Today, the House voted in favor of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX).  This bill makes permanent over 20 tax relief provisions, extends for 5 years or 2 years a number of other tax relief provisions that expired at the end of calendar year 2014, provides for a 2-year moratorium on the medical device tax, and includes a number of additional tax policy changes. "Ever since I came to Congress, I have been fighting to make our tax code easier to understand and fairer to the American people.  This bill does just that by creating a system that incentivizes job growth and business development through reforms that increase transparency and prevent unnecessary tax hikes," said Rep. Dan Benishek.  The PATH Act includes a number of important provisions that are important to Northern Michigan small businesses, farmers, and families.  For example, the permanent extension of Section 179 of the tax code helps small businesse
Benishek Votes in Favor of Every Child Achieves Act
Washington, D.C. -  Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the "Every Child Achieves Act of 2015," major bipartisan legislation that will work to empower parents and teachers to return control to their local schools. This legislation will replace the No Child Left Behind Act with a number of reforms, including a prohibition on coercing states to adopt Common Core standards.  The legislation also ends the era of federally-mandated "high stakes" testing, places new restrictions on the Secretary of Education, and eliminates 49 ineffective and duplicative programs.   "Having raised five kids in Northern Michigan, I understand that education is the gateway to success for our nation's children.  Every student deserves the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential.  This bill allows parents and teachers to make the decisions that are best for their community, and it prevents the federal government from sending down one-size-fits-all policies that rarely serve the needs of our s
Benishek Acts to Protect Michigan Miners
WASHINGTON - Today the House passed H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.  This trade agreement is the result of months of negotiation between the House and Senate.  The bipartisan, bicameral legislation authorizes funds for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and puts in place effective tools to strengthen trade enforcement at the border and facilitate the efficient movement of legitimate trade and travel. Additionally, as a result of the efforts of Dr. Dan Benishek and his colleagues in the Michigan delegation, the bill will include strong provisions to prevent the Chinese from using currency manipulation to flood American markets with artificially low priced steel.  "Mining jobs are a critical part of our economy in Northern Michigan.  As the son of a miner, I know how these jobs put food on the table for so many families in the Upper Peninsula.  I was proud to work with my colleagues to place provisions in this bill that put Michigan on a level
Benishek Votes in Favor of Transportation Agreement
Washington, D.C. -  Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 22, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.  This bill is a conference report that addresses the Highway Trust Fund and other key transportation initiatives.  Rep. Benishek said the following: "So many roads are in need of repair across Northern Michigan.  This bill is an important step towards putting Americans to work on the vital highways, railroads, and bridges that are so important to the free flow of commerce in our country.  I was pleased to support this fully paid for legislation that provides the state of Michigan more resources and great control over prioritizing the state's needs, and I look forward to its enactment into law. Congressman Benishek is a native of Iron Mountain, MI, where he served as a doctor both at the VA and in private practice for over thirty years.  He and his wife, Judy, have five children and five grandchildren.  

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