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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: More Must Be Done on Ebola Outbreak
Traverse City, MI:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) issued the following statement on the ongoing Ebola outbreak.  “As a doctor, I understand that many in Northern Michigan are concerned about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and recent infections that have occurred in the United States.   Having studied communicable diseases, I understand the importance of containment, treatment, prevention, and public health education. This threat of Ebola must be taken seriously, and we must do everything in our power to ensure that a full-blown outbreak does not occur within America’s borders.   I remain concerned that the federal government has been unprepared to deal with this serious threat to our public health threat, and continues to allow those potentially infected with the virus to arrive in the United States.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention needs to be actively coordinating with local hospitals in order to ensure that the medical professionals on the front lines underst
Dr. Benishek: UP Residents Making their Voices Heard on Rate Increases
Iron Mountain, MI:  Today Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) announced efforts by the citizens of Northern Michigan in making their voices heard to the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) regarding pending rate increases. “If you talk to anyone in the UP these days, the pending rate increases are a top concern, and rightfully so.   These rate increases in the UP, where we already pay higher than average rates, are simply unacceptable.  This is the result of Washington bureaucrats making decisions without understanding the consequences that hard working families will face,” said Dr. Benishek.  “Many across the UP want their opinion heard and I am helping make sure that happens.  Every petition and comment that is delivered to my office, I am getting a copy to the regulators in charge of making these decisions. Until a long term solution to the UP’s energy needs is found, I will continue to fight against these unfair increases.” FERC is currently considering a number of cas
Dr. Benishek Announces Legislation to Protect UP from Pending Rate Increases
  Iron Mountain, MI:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) announced he will be introducing legislation that will work to address the pending electric rate increases currently proposed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, while also protecting all ratepayers in the future from extreme changes in their energy bills that are the result of government mandates. “Families and businesses in the UP are about to experience firsthand the consequences of DC bureaucrats making decisions that do not take into account the overall impact on the community, and are made before real solutions are found,” said Dr. Benishek.  “It is bad enough that burdensome regulations from the EPA are causing necessary plants to close, but when you have a situation in which bureaucrats force a plant to stay open, force them to make expensive upgrades, and then change how the cost is spread among ratepayers – that is unacceptable and wrong.” The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is currently considering a number
Dr. Benishek Pushes for Long-Term Energy Solution in Michigan’s UP
Marquette, MI:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) issued the following statement today following the release of a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging the commission to work with their partners in the State of Michigan and consider alternate generation and/or transmission plans prior to making decisions that would result in major rate increases for the citizens of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  In addition to Dr. Benishek, the letter was signed by Governor Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette, and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (MI-06). “The families, schools, and businesses in the UP simply cannot afford the proposed rate increases.  We are looking at individuals paying an extra $30 per month and small businesses paying up to an extra $500 a month, possibly as soon as Dec. 1.  This is not acceptable or sustainable, and will cost jobs is the UP,” said Dr. Benishek, who represents Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  “Working with Gov. Sny

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