Aug. 27, 2014

Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.)

  • District: 1st District, Upper Peninsula; northern Lower Michigan
  • Residence: Crystal Falls
  • Born: April 20, 1952; Iron River, Mich.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Family: Wife, Judy Benishek; five children
  • Education: U. of Michigan, B.S. 1974 (biology); Wayne State U., M.D. 1978
  • Military Service: None
  • Political Highlights: No previous office; U.S. House, 2011-present
  • Elected: Elected: 2010 (2nd term)
  • Committee Assignments: Agriculture (Conservation, Energy & Forestry; General Farm Commodities & Risk Management); Natural Resources (Energy & Mineral Resources; Indian & Alaska Native Affairs); Veterans' Affairs (Health - Chairman; Oversight & Investigations)
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State Information: 1st District, Upper Peninsula; northern Lower Michigan

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2012 general Dan Benishek (R) 167,060 48.1%
Gary McDowell (D) 165,179 47.6%
Emily Salvette (LIBERT) 10,630 3.1%
Ellis Boal (GREEN) 4,168 1.2%
2010 general Dan Benishek (R) 120,523 51.9%
Gary McDowell (D) 94,824 40.9%
Glenn Wilson (I) 7,847 3.4%
Patrick Lambert (USTAX) 4,200 1.8%
Keith Shelton (LIBERT) 2,571 1.1%
Ellis Boal (GREEN) 2,072 0.9%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2012 Barack Obama: 45% Mitt Romney: 54%
2008 Barack Obama: 50% John McCain: 48%