Benishek comments on transition in U.S. House

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — For a fourth consecutive term, the U.P.’s representative in Washington will be a republican.

Jack Bergman defeated Lon Johnson to become the first congressional district’s delegate in D.C. Bergman will be succeeding Dan Benishek, who decided to retire after three terms in office.

At a thank you reception last night in Marquette Township, we asked Doctor Benishek about his replacement. Benishek said he has had some ‘great conversations’ with Bergman the last couple of weeks.

The soon-to-be retired congressman believes that Bergman will do a great job for Northern Michigan.

“I’m excited that he has an administration that he can work with. I know that in Washington, the republicans are just giddy over the Trump Administration working together,” said Benishek. I was with (House Speaker) Paul Ryan and he is just so excited about getting legislation through the house. I know they’re really excited going forward in the new term.”

Bergman is already in D.C. preparing to take over for Benishek. Last week, he was named class president during an orientation for freshman U.S. House members.