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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 Applauds Expansion of Traverse City VA Clinic
Washington, DC - The VA announced today that they will move their Physical Therapy, Mental Health, and Home-Based Primary Care staff to an expansion of the Traverse City Clinic located at 880 Munson Ave.  This move follows calls from local Veterans Service Organizations, as well as requests made to the VA by Congressman Benishek. "I am pleased that the VA is moving forward with this critical expansion of the clinic in Traverse City.  This facility serves so many veterans, especially those in rural areas, who depend on it for access to care.  I will continue to monitor the VA's progress on this move, and I look forward to seeing the expanded facility open to serve soon,"  said Dr. Benishek, Chairman of the Subcomittee on Veterans health.   The VA anticipates that the expansion will open in February of 2016 after necessary renovations are made.  Dr. Benishek spent 20 years as a VA doctor treating patients at the Iron Mountain VA facility.  As Chairman of the Veterans Health Subcom
Benishek, Dingell Introduce Legislation to Support Federal Recognition of Burt Lake Band
Washington, DC - Representative Dan Benishek, along with Rep. Debbie Dingell, will introduce today legislation to support the efforts of the Burt Lake Band to become recognized by the federal government as an official tribe.  The Burt Lake Band is a Cheboygan County based group of Native Americans who have been seeking federal recognition for many years. "Native American tribes are an integral part of Northern Michigan's history and culture.  I am proud to support the Burt Lake Band's efforts to become a federally recognized tribe, and I am hopeful that we will be able to move this bill through the legislative process," said Dr. Dan Benishek, who represents Michigan's First District. "The Burt Lake Band has a long and well-documented history in Michigan and they deserve to be recognized as the sovereign nation they are," said Dingell. "Passing this legislation to reaffirm their status as a federally recognized tribe is simply the right thing to do and is long overdue. I want to thank
Benishek Acts to Defund Planned Parenthood And Scale Back Obamacare
Washington, D.C.-  Today, the House of Representatives passed HR 3762, a bill that uses the Congressional budget fast-track reconciliation process to defund Planned Parenthood for one year and to eliminate a number of key portions of Obamacare, such as the individual mandate, the employer mandate, the medical device tax, and others.  Rep. Benishek, who supported this bill, released the following statement:   "This legislation is so important because it can actually make it to the President's desk and give him the opportunity to prevent taxpayer dollars from funding the horrific disregard for human life shown by Planned Parenthood.  This legislation also gives the President the chance to repeal several portions of his misguided health care plan, so that we can improve the quality of care available for patients.  This bill is an opportunity for President Obama to do right by the American people and finally eliminate these unwanted public policies"  
Benishek Backs Good Neighbor Authority
Washington, D.C.:  Rep. Dan Benishek, M.D. (MI-01) expressed his support for the U.S. Forest Service (FS) and Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNA) working together to sign a Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) master agreement.  The signing of the GNA master agreement, which is a result of work that began in the 2014 Farm Bill, supported by Rep. Benishek, will allow the State of Michigan to perform forest and watershed restoration services on federal forest system lands.  These joint efforts, a major goal of the 2014 Farm Bill, will work to improve management of federal forest lands.  The master agreement between the Hiawatha, Ottawa, and Huron-Manistee National Forests in Michigan and the DNR is one of the first GNA agreements in the nation. "Ensuring that our forests in Michigan are both productive and well managed is one of my top priorities.  Healthy, managed forests in our area provide a major source of revenue for our economy here in Northern Michigan, and I was proud to

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