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{{Support vote}} Benishek voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress,'' "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Support vote}} Benishek voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress,'' "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
  

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Dan Benishek
Dan Benishek.JPG
U.S. House, Michigan, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBart Stupak (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$12.74 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,601,071
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolWest Iron County High School, Iron River, MI
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan
M.D.Wayne State University Medical School
Personal
BirthdayApril 20, 1952
Place of birthIron River, Michigan
ProfessionPhysician
Net worth$1,863,527
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Dan Benishek campaign logo
Daniel Joseph Benishek (b. April 20, 1952, in Iron River, Michigan) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 1st congressional district. Benishek was first elected to the House in 2010.

Benishek most recently won re-election to the House in 2012. He defeated Gary McDowell (D), Emily Salvette (L) and Ellis Boal (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Benishek is 1 of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Benishek is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Benishek was born in 1952 in Iron River, Michigan. After graduating from West Iron County High School in 1970, Benishek went on to earn his B.S. at the University of Michigan in 1974, followed by his M.D. at Wayne State University Medical School in 1978. Prior to his political career, Benishek worked as a physician.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Benishek's political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Benishek serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Benishek served on the following House committees:[4]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Benishek's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Benishek voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Benishek voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Benishek voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[10] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[11] Benishek voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[13] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Benishek voted for HR 2775.[14]

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Benishek voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[15]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Benishek voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Benishek voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[18]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Benishek voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Benishek voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[20]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Dan Benishek endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [21]

Campaign themes

2012

The following were several policy positions highlighted on Benishek's campaign website.[22]

  • Budget & Spending

Excerpt: "Dr. Benishek has supported measures to reduce federal spending, erase the annual deficits, and provide a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution."[23]

  • Health Care

Excerpt: "Dr. Benishek strongly supports the repeal of President Obama’s health care bill, the 'Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act' (PPACA), and is been extremely concerned about the impact that this law could have, should it remain in place."[24]

  • Growing Small Business

Excerpt:"He is supportive of efforts that will help decrease burdensome regulations on small businesses and policies that will grant small business owners the ability to reinvest profits to expand and create jobs. In addition, Dr. Benishek is supportive of efforts to lower tax rates on businesses and simplify the tax code, which he believes will create opportunities for businesses to invest, expand and become more competitive."[25]

  • Saving Medicare

Excerpt: "Dr. Benishek has supported a plan to make Medicare permanently solvent, which was developed with bipartisan support. This plan will make no changes for existing retirees or those nearing retirement—anyone age 55 or older."[26]

  • Life

Excerpt: "Dr. Benishek believes that life begins at conception. During his time in Congress, Dr. Benishek has worked to promote a culture of life which, among other things, upholds and actively supports pro-life policies."[27]

  • Solidly 2nd Amendment

Excerpt: "Dr. Dan Benishek believes the right to bear arms is a fundamental right that should be protected for all law-abiding citizens of the U.S."[28]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan's 1st congressional district elections, 2014

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Benishek is 1 of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[29]

Benishek is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[30]

2012

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2012

Benishek won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 1st District.[31] He ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary. He then defeated Gary McDowell (D), Emily Salvette (L) and Ellis Boal (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[32]


Dan Benishek campaign ad [33]
U.S. House, Michigan District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Gary McDowell 47.6% 165,179
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Benishek Incumbent 48.1% 167,060
     Libertarian Emily Salvette 3.1% 10,630
     Green Ellis Boal 1.2% 4,168
Total Votes 347,037
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Polls

Gary McDowell vs. Dan Benishek
Poll Gary McDowell Dan BenishekUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(June 25, 2012)
40%38%22%+/-4.9402
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Targeted

Benishek was targeted for defeat in the 2012 elections by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[34]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Benishek is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Benishek raised a total of $3,601,071 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[36]

Dan Benishek's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 1) Won $2,221,760
2010 US House (Michigan, District 1) Won $1,379,311
Grand Total Raised $3,601,071

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Benishek’s reports.[37]

Dan Benishek (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$88,651.76$163,051.18$(121,938.73)$129,764.21
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$129,764.21$204,683.35$(74,578.38)$259,869.22
October Quarterly[40]October 15, 2013$259,869.22$332,060.68$(91,766.04)$500,163.86
Year-End[41]January 31, 2014$500,163.86$131,132.89$(55,463.50)$575,833.25
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$575,833.25$145,417$(66,766.26)$654,483.99
Running totals
$976,345.1$(410,512.91)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Benishek's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Benishek won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Benishek's campaign committee raised a total of $2,221,760 and spent $2,128,930.[43]

Cost per vote

Benishek spent $12.74 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Benishek's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Benishek won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Benishek's campaign committee raised a total of $1,379,311 and spent $1,343,624.[44]

U.S. House, Michigan District 1, 2010 - Dan Benishek Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,379,311
Total Spent $1,343,624
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $838,208
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $838,160
Top contributors to Dan Benishek's campaign committee
American Academy of Ophthalmology$10,000
American College of Surgeons$10,000
American Interventional Pain Physicians$10,000
Windquest Group$9,600
Dermetologist$9,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$143,650
Health Professionals$133,750
Retired$70,213
Candidate Committees$44,500
Republican/Conservative$41,313

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Benishek is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[45]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[46]

Benishek most often votes with:

Benishek least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Benishek missed 13 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013, which is 0.8% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[47]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Benishek paid his congressional staff a total of $853,111 in 2011. He ranked 84th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 99th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[48]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Benishek's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $950,054 and $2,777,000. This averages to $1,863,527, which is a 66.99% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[49]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Benishek's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,335,080 and $7,956,000. That averages to $5,645,540, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[50]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Benishek ranked 129th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[51]

2011

Benishek ranked 106th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[52]

Voting with party

2013

Benishek voted with the Republican Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 140th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[53]

Personal

Benishek lives in Crystal Falls, Michigan, with his wife, Judy. They have five children and three grandchildren.[54]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. Washington Post',' "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Dan Benishek," Accessed December 11, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," Accessed December 11, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Michigan Congressman Dan Benishek," January 20, 2012
  22. Benishek's Official Campaign Website, "Issues," Accessed October 5, 2012
  23. Benishek's Official Campaign Website, "Issues:Budget and Spending," Accessed October 5, 2012
  24. Benishek's Official Campaign Website, "Issues:Healthcare," Accessed October 5, 2012
  25. Benishek's Official Campaign Website, "Issues: Economy/Jobs" Accessed October 5, 2012
  26. Benishek's Official Campaign Website, "Issues: Taking on Washington," Accessed October 5, 2012
  27. Benishek's Official Campaign Website, "Issues: Life" Accessed October 5, 2012)
  28. Benishek's Official Campaign Website, "Issues: 2nd Amendment" Accessed October 5, 2012)
  29. Washington Post, "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  30. Roll Call, "House GOP Adds 9 Vulnerable Incumbents to Patriot Program," July 21, 2013
  31. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  32. Associated Press primary results
  33. Benishek's Campaign Website, "News" Accessed October 5, 2012
  34. http://www.freep.com/article/20120118/NEWS15/120118041/Red-to-blue-Democrats-target-one-Michigan-soon-to-be-district "Red to blue? Democrats target one Michigan soon-to-be district" January 18, 2012]
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Dan Benishek," Accessed May 16, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission "Dan Beniskek Summary Report," Accessed July 26, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Benishek April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Benishek July Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Benishek October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Benishek Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Benishek April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  43. Open Secrets, " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Dan Benishek 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 3, 2011
  45. GovTrack, "Dan Benishek," Accessed June 7, 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Dan Benishek," Accessed August 5, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "Dan Benishek," Accessed April 2013
  48. LegiStorm, "Dan Benishek"
  49. Open Secrets, "Benishek, (R-Michigan), 2011"
  50. Open Secrets, "Benishek, (R-Michigan), 2010"
  51. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  52. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  54. Official House Site, "Biography," Accessed December 11, 2011
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Preceded by
Bart Stupak
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan District 1
2011–present
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