Michigan (District: 1)
Daniel Joseph “Dan” Benishek (born April 20, 1952) is an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States">American http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physician">physician and politician who has been the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representative forhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan%27s_1st_congressional_district">Michigan’s 1st congressional district since January 2011. He is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)">Republican Party.
Dan Benishek’s story is like that of many people from Northern Michigan. Dan was born in Iron River, Michigan. His family didn’t have much when he was growing up, and his father was killed in a mining accident when he was only 5 years old. After his father’s death, Dan’s mother, with the help of family, raised Dan and his brother, Tim.
As a boy, Dan worked in his grandmother’s business—the Iron River Hotel. Dan made beds, hauled beer, and cleaned the spittoons. His grandmother paid him $10 a week for his efforts, but he had to save it for the future.
After Dan graduated from West Iron High School in 1970, he went on to earn a B.S. in biology from the University of Michigan in 1974. Dan graduated from Wayne State Medical School in 1978 and completed a Family Practice internship in Flint at St Joseph’s Hospital. He has served as a general surgeon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a private practice since 1983. He has worked part-time at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain for the past twenty years.
Dan worked as a general surgeon in Iron Mountain for nearly 30 years and raised his family in Iron Mountain. Along the way, it never occurred to him to get into politics, let alone run for Congress. But, like many people in Northern Michigan, Dan just got tired of seeing career politicians in Washington waste taxpayer dollars our nation doesn’t have on bills they didn’t even read.
Since coming to Congress, Dan has been fighting every day to create jobs in Northern Michigan, improve services to our veterans, and renew the promise of the American Dream for our children, grandchildren and future generations.
Dan is an avid hunter and fisherman and a proud member of the NRA and the GOA.
Dan and his wife Judy live near Crystal Falls, Michigan. They have five children and four grandchildren. Prior to being sworn into Congress on January 5, 2011, Dr. Benishek had never sought nor held any previous public office.