Benishek, a Republican, was the representative for Michigan’s 1st congressional district from 2011 to 2016.
Read our 2016 Report Card for Benishek.
Benishek is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Benishek sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Benishek was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2223 (113th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 220 Elm Avenue in Munising, Michigan, as the “Elizabeth L. Kinnunen Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 163 (113th): Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act
- H.R. 1171 (113th): FOR VETS Act of 2013
- H.R. 3411 (112th): To modify a land grant patent issued by the Secretary of the Interior.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Benishek sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (33%) Native Americans (20%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (13%) Health (5%)
Some of Benishek’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5228 (114th): To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Traverse ...
- H.R. 3848 (114th): Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Reaffirmation Act
- H.R. 3673 (114th): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require the Secretary ...
- H.Res. 381 (114th): To refer H.R. 3133, a bill making congressional reference to the United ...
- H.Res. 376 (114th): To refer H.R. 3133, a bill making congressional reference to the United ...
- H.R. 3133 (114th): Relating to certain Indian land-related takings claims of the Grand Traverse Band ...
- H.R. 2464 (114th): Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act of 2015
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H.Con.Res. 55: Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove United States Armed Forces ...
Jun 17, 2015. Failed 139/288.
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 5029 (113th): International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2014
Jul 14, 2014. Passed 346/41.
S. 1348 (113th): Congressional Award Program Reauthorization Act of 2013
Sep 30, 2013. Passed 387/35.
H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
H.R. 5972 (112th): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013
Jun 29, 2012. Passed 261/163.
S. 365 (112th): Budget Control Act of 2011
Aug 1, 2011. Passed 269/161.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute in the United States that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011. The Act brought conclusion to the United ...
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 15, 2011. Passed 271/158.
From Jan 2011 to Dec 2016, Benishek missed 52 of 4,135 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is better than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. ProPublica has tracked 3 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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