Benishek death opportunity to recall service to district

Former congressman Dan Benishek died unexpectedly Friday night at 69 years of age.

Known informally as “Dr. Dan,” because of a career in medical practice, Benishek served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan’s First District from 2011 to 2017.

Choosing to not seek re-election, his seat in Congress was won by Jack Bergman, who voiced sorrow at Benishek’s passing.

“Cindy (Bergman) and I are deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Congressman ‘Dr. Dan’ Benishek. Dr. Dan was passionate in his love for the Upper Peninsula, a respected physician, and served Michigan with sincerity and honor,” Bergman said in a statement. “While there will be much more to say about his life and legacy in the days ahead — Judy (Benishek), the Benishek family, and all of Team Benishek will be in our prayers during this time of grief.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement:

“Today, Yoopers and Michiganders lost a fighter. Congressman Benishek represented the spirit of ‘Sisu’ during his time in office. In Congress, he championed our men and women in uniform, advocated fiercely for veterans, and worked to protect Sleeping Bear Dunes. As a physician and an elected official, Dan put people first. My thoughts are with his wife, children, and grandchildren.”

According to the governor’s office, U.S. and Michigan flags will be lowered in Benishek’s honor once funeral arrangements are announced.

We salute Benishek’s service to the First District and its residents and express our sincere condolences to his family and friends.


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