The Benishek for Congress campaign released the following statement from Dr. Dan Benishek today regarding his decision not to seek re-election in 2016:
“Serving the 1st district in Congress has been a privilege and an opportunity that I will be forever grateful for. I am proud to be able to represent the people of Northern Michigan.
“Today I’m announcing that I won’t seek re-election next year, which will allow me to focus my time and attention on helping our veterans and working to make things better for the families and workers throughout Northern Michigan, and devote more time to my family. I want to thank all of the people throughout the 1st District that had faith in me and allowed me to represent them. I also want to especially thank the voters, my supporters and staff, and everyone that has worked and volunteered on my campaigns. Judy and I appreciate all your support and all the hard work that you have given us over the years.
“I know we have a lot of talented individuals that care about the people up here and our nation that will step forward to look at serving in Congress. There is a lot of work still to be done and I’m looking forward to these last sixteen months to continue representing the families and veterans of Northern Michigan.”
Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement on Congressman Benishek not seeking reelection:
“I am so thankful to Congressman Benishek for his years of dedicated service to our state and our nation. I appreciate Dr. Dan’s commonsense approach to governing, his leadership on veterans issues, and his passion for the Great Lakes and for our state.”