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Rep. Dan Benishek

Former Representative for Michigan’s 1st District

Benishek was the representative for Michigan’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2011 to 2016.

Photo of Rep. Dan Benishek [R-MI1, 2011-2016]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Benishek.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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 from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Benishek was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Benishek sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (32%) Native Americans (20%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Health (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Benishek recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Benishek voted Nay

Passed 388/2 on Sep 8, 2015.

Benishek voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Benishek voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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 …

Benishek voted Aye

Benishek voted No

Benishek voted Nay

Benishek voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 …

Benishek voted No

Missed Votes

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. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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