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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 Toxic Exposure Bill Surpasses 80 Co-Sponsors
Washington, D.C.-  Dr. Dan Benishek, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Veterans Health, recently introduced the bi-partisan, bi-cameral Toxic Research Exposure Act along with Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) and Sens. Moran (R-KS) and Blumenthal (D-CT).  In the House of Representatives, the bill has now earned over 80 co-sponsors with strong representation of both parties. "We owe it to our veterans and their loved ones to deliver answers about the effects of toxic chemicals to which they were exposed during their service," said Dr. Benishek, who served as a surgeon at the VA for over 20 years.  "I believe the broad, bi-partisan interest in this bill demonstrates the strong support for advancing this legislation. H.R. 1722, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, would create a Center of Excellence at the VA to investigate the effects of Toxic Exposure on veterans and their descendants.  This bill was voted unanimously out of the Sub-Committee on Veterans Health and now awaits consideration
Dr. Dan to EPA: Hands Off Northern Michigan Energy
Washington, D.C. - Today, President Obama announced that his Administration has finalized their "Clean Power Plan," an effort to heavily regulate power plants across the country.  This plan, which will place emissions caps on already struggling plants, is expected to increase the cost of energy for many Americans.  Dr. Benishek released the following statement in response: "Hardworking families and seniors across Northern Michigan already pay some of the highest energy rates in the country.  They shouldn't be forced to pay higher rates, and possibly choose between a warm home and food in the winter, just because President Obama and some Washington bureaucrats want to impose new national energy taxes.  Instead our resources and efforts should be focused on innovation and developing our domestic energy sources.  I will continue to oppose this federal overreach in order to protect our district from needless rate increases." Dr. Benishek recently voted in favor of the REINS Act, a bil
Benishek, Crowley Lead Bipartisan Push to Secure Funding for State Maritime Academies
Traverse City, MI - Today, Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, and Dan Benishek (R-MI) announced a bipartisan effort to secure continued funding for State Maritime Academies in the President's budget for FY2017. In a letter to the Department of Transportation and Office of Management and Budget, the members urged the administration to fund the design and replacement of aging training ships used by our nation's six State Maritime Academies (SMAs) to train future mariners. "Our State Maritime Academies, including SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, are more than sources of pride for our nation - they play a crucial role in training the next generation of maritime leaders and in protecting our national security interests," said Crowley. "We all pay the price when these critical institutions don't have the resources they need, including up-to-date training ships." "There are many jobs available to those who have the right skills and training. That's why these ins
Benishek Announces Week-Long, Farming for Jobs Agriculture Tour
  WASHINGTON, D.C.- Dr. Dan Benishek, a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, will be touring farms throughout Northern Michigan this week as part of an effort to highlight the importance of agriculture to the Michigan economy.  Michigan's First District has over 7000 farms that together employ tens of thousands of workers. "As a doctor, I came to Congress with a lot to learn about how agriculture works in Northern Michigan.  Since that time, I've been visiting farms across our district, and I have always been impressed by the level of dedication and hard work that goes into these operations.  Farms are critical to our economy, and I am committed to ensuring that our farmers have their voices heard," said Dr. Dan Benishek. Click here to download a photo of Dr. Dan's first Farming for Jobs visit. The time, date, and locations of the tour stops are listed below.  Accommodations for media access during these visits.  If interested, please contact Phil Christofanelli at 202-

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