Former U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek dies at age 69

Published: Oct. 16, 2021 at 6:14 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - A former U.S. representative of the Upper Peninsula Dan Benishek has died at age 69.

According to his daughter, Benishek died Friday but the cause of death has not been confirmed at this time.

The republican leader represented Michigan’s 1st District until 2016 after serving three terms. He made veterans affairs one of his top priorities while serving.

His family released this statement:

“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. 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.”

Benishek was succeeded by U.S. Rep Jack Bergman in 2017.

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