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After his father was killed in a tragic accident, Dan Benishek and his brother were raised by his his mom and extended family. Dr. Benishek earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan graduated from Wayne State Medical School and has been a general surgeon for more than 25 years. Prior to being sworn into Congress on January 5, 2011, Dr. Benishek had never sought nor held any previous public office.Dan Benishek and his wife, Judy, live in Crystal Falls. They have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. He won a very close race in 2012 over Dem Gary McDowell, 48 to 47%, a margin of less than 3000 votes.Dan Benishek will face retired Major General Jerry Cannon in 2014.