Former GOP Representative Passes Away

Former Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.), who served three terms in Congress before retiring at the end of 2016, died on Friday at the age of 69.

Benishek’s family announced his death in a statement on Saturday, but did not mention a cause of death.

“We are heartbroken by the sudden loss of a loyal friend, a loving husband, a dedicated grandfather, and a tireless advocate for Northern Michigan. As a doctor and surgeon, Dan saved countless lives in our community,” Benishek’s family said in a statement shared on Twitter by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich).

“His work in Congress made a difference for veterans across the country and protected Michigan’s natural wonders for years to come. He will always be remembered by his family and friends as a strong leader, a caring healer, and an unwavering patriot,” his family added.

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