Kerry Bentivolio

Kerry Bentivolio

MICHIGAN's 11th DISTRICT

Reps Bentivolio and Duckworth introduce bill to help veteran-owned small businesses

2014/07/30

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Congressman Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act (H.R. 5231) -- which allows veteran-owned small businesses to apply for and receive unwanted government surplus or excess property.   “Our Veterans sacrifice everything to defend our great nation," said Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, an Army veteran of Vietnam and Iraq.  "Providing Veteran business owners with unused vehicles and office equipment will not only help our returning servicemen and women, but it will boost our economy by supporting job creators."   "Our Veterans deserve every opportunity to achieve the American Dream that they fought for," said Rep. Duckworth. "This legislation will help Veteran owned businesses grow and allow some of our country's most talented workers to succeed and create jobs."  The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2014 will allow eligible veteran-owned businesses with a justifiable need for surplus property, that meet all criteria assigned by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and General Services Administration (GSA), to select and receive excess and surplus federal property. The veteran-owned small business will not be charged for the surplus or excess property, but will be responsible for service and handling charges.   The bill is similar to the FOR VETS Act, which was signed into law by the President last year and gives Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) access to surplus property. Congressman Bentivolio supported the bill during its consideration by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.   ### Read More

House passes Bentivolio bill to take down vital part of Obamacare

2014/07/28

WASHINGTON, DC -- This evening the House of Representatives passed Congressman Kerry Bentivolio's Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act with unanimous support. "I was sent to Congress to protect the privacy rights of my constituents, not take them away," said Rep. Kerry Bentivolio. "In its haste to implement Obamacare and Healthcare.gov, the White House has acted recklessly when it comes to protecting the personal information of my constituents from hackers and other cyber threats." "The Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act ensures that careless bureaucratic website integration and data collection does not put the people at risk," continued Rep. Bentivolio. The Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act, which was introduced on December 4th, 2013, requires that any new federal website that collects personally identifiable information (PII), such as social security numbers, dates of birth, or credit card numbers, must be certified as functional and secure by the issuing agency's Chief Information Officer prior to launch. The websites must comply with the existing information security guidelines published in the United States code. Additionally, any federal employees and contractors who have access to PII must be vetted and agree to keep all information confidential. Agencies that launched websites that collect PII after October 1, 2012 would be given 90 days to comply with these guidelines and to provide certification that they are protecting the privacy of American citizens. Failure to comply would result in the poorly constructed Healthcare.gov to be taken down until it works safely. The passed out of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in March with overwhelming bi-partisan support. One amendment was added to the bill by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA). The Connolly amendment requires all individuals to be notified within 72 hours if any of their personally identifiable information, which they gave to the federal government, is compromised.   ### Read More

Rep. Bentivolio's Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act hits the floor today

2014/07/28

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Kerry Bentivolio's bill, the Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act (HR 3635), will be voted on by the House of Representatives this evening. At 5 PM today, Rep. Bentivolio will manage the House floor during the consideration of his bill. "I was sent to Congress to protect the privacy rights of my constituents, not take them away," said Rep. Kerry Bentivolio. "This bill forces bureaucrats to protect your personal information when using federal websites. For too long, the federal government has been reckless in their implementation of federal websites and their data collection." The Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act, which was introduced on December 4th, 2013, requires that any new federal website that collects personally identifiable information (PII), such as social security numbers, dates of birth, or credit card numbers, must be certified as functional and secure by the issuing agency's Chief Information Officer prior to launch. The websites must comply with the existing information security guidelines published in the United States code. Additionally, any federal employees and contractors who have access to PII must be vetted and agree to keep all information confidential. Agencies that launched websites that collect PII after October 1, 2013 would be given 90 days to comply with these guidelines and to provide certification that they are protecting the privacy of American citizens. The passed out of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in March with overwhelming bi-partisan support. One amendment was added to the bill by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA). The Connolly amendment requires all individuals to be notified within 72 hours if any of their personally identifiable information, which they gave to the federal government, is compromised. To view the bill in full detail, click here.   ### Read More

Rep. Bentivolio headed to Central America on fact-finding mission

2014/07/18

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, office of Congressman Kerry Bentivolio announced that he is heading to Central America on a fact-finding mission. He will be traveling with Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Stephen Lynch (D-MA). The delegation departs this evening and will visit El Salvador, Guatamala, and Hondurus, which are the three countries from which a majority of the undocumented children crossing the southern border are coming from. "My constituents are concerned about the border crisis and the influx of unaccompanied minors into our country," said Rep. Bentivolio. "They want to know what's going on and how we can fix this problem. I'm going on their behalf." "The hardest thing to find in Washington is the truth," continued Rep. Bentivolio. "We are going right to the source of the problem to get a report from boots on the ground." The delegation will meet with several groups, including government officials, NGOs, and religious groups who work on repatriation, to investigate the situation on the ground. Congressman Kerry Bentivolio and the rest of the delegation will return Sunday evening. While on the fact-finding mission, he will be posting on the ground updates to Facebook and Twitter. Read More

Rep. Bentivolio Co-sponsors the Illegal Entry Accountability Act

2014/07/16

Rep. Bentivolio sponsors the Illegal Entry Accountability Act   WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Kerry Bentivolio announced that he co-sponsored the Illegal Entry Accountability Act of 2014, HR 5014. The bill would hold El Salvador, Guatamala, Honduras, and Mexico accountable for illegal immigration by immediately suspending U.S. foreign aid to these nations until Congress determines if they have taken sufficient action to mitigate unlawful U.S.-Mexico border crossings by their citizens. "The Obama Administration is trying to solve the humanitarian crisis at the border -- like they do every problem -- by throwing more money at it," said Rep. Kerry Bentivolio. "The bill sends a strong message to our neighbors in Central America: have some accountability or lose your foreign aid. We can't reform our immigration system until we have control of it. This is a great start."   The bill was originally introduced by Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14) on June 30th and was referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Under the legislation, assistance under the international narcotic control law enforcement program would be exempt. Click here to read the bill.   Read More

Rep. Bentivolio sponsors the Illegal Entry Accountability Act

2014/07/15

Today, Congressman Kerry Bentivolio announced that he cosponsored the Illegal Entry Accountability Act of 2014, HR 5014. The bill would hold El Salvador, Guatamala, Honduras, and Mexico accountable for illegal immigration by immediately suspending U.S. foreign aid to these nations until Congress determines if they have taken sufficient action to mitigate unlawful U.S.-Mexico border crossings by their citizens. "The Obama Administration is trying to solve the humanitarian crisis at the border -- like they do every problem -- by throwing more money at it," said Rep. Kerry Bentivolio. "The bill sends a strong message to our neighbors in Central America: have some accountability or lose your foreign aid. We can't reform our immigration system until we have control of it. This is a great start."   The bill was originally introduced by Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14) on June 30th and was referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Under the legislation, assistance under the international narcotic control law enforcement program would be exempt. Read More

Rep. Bentivolio backs Labrador for Majority Leader

2014/06/19

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Kerry Bentivolio pledged to support Raúl Labrador for Majority Leader. He released the following statement: "The role of the Majority Leader is to set the agenda in Congress. I've received hundreds of calls and e-mails from my constituents and their message is loud and clear -- they want a Majority leader who will push an agenda of less government and more freedom. "Congressman Labrador is a proven conservative leader for a new generation who's interested in pushing ideas that serve the people and protect our freedoms. "I enthusiastically endorse Raúl Labrador for Majority Leader and encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting new, bold conservative leadership." Read More

Congressman Kerry Bentivolio’s statement on the release of five Taliban officials

2014/06/04

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Kerry Bentivolio issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s decision to exchange five Taliban officials, who were detained at Guantanamo Bay, for the release of United States Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl:   “The President broke the law by not informing Congress thirty days prior to the release of any GITMO detainees. The administration’s claim that Sgt. Bergdahl was in rapidly failing health is questionable; it’s improbable that there was a way to verify Sgt. Bergdahl’s condition prior to the transfer. I am outraged by this flagrant disregard for the laws that are designed to keep this government from committing abuses against both its citizens and abroad.   “While I’m happy to see Sgt. Bergdahl return home, the ramifications of the prisoner trade are concerning, considering the five Taliban leaders released have known ties to Al-Qaeda. One is wanted by the UN for committing human rights atrocities and should be held accountable for his crimes, not released into Qatar under supposed supervision. These five men are classified as a high risk to return to planning and carrying out attacks on innocents around the globe. Their release is both dangerous and shortsighted. “The President of the United States must respect the rule of law and the division of powers set forth by our Founding Fathers. The executive branch cannot use executive orders and claims of needed immediate action to avoid answering to Congress and to the American people.  "It's disturbing that the President would go to extraordinary lengths to rescue a soldier who allegedly went AWOL, but refused to assist an ambassador who was under fire.”   ### Read More

GOP bill cuts member pay as punishment for budget deficit

2014/02/07

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) on Wednesday proposed a new bill that would require congressional salaries to be cut 15 percent any time Congress fails to balance the budget. Bentivolio said his Spending Accountability Act, H.R. 3993, is needed to give Congress an incentive to cut the annual budget deficit, which is now at $600 billion per year and expected to rise. Read the entire article here: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/government-oversight/197697-gop-bill-cuts-member-pay-as-punishment-for-budget#ixzz2seVDB4wX    Read More

In District Small Business Roundtable

2013/01/22

Congressman Bentivolio has been appointed to House Committee on Small Business in Washington D.C., and would like to invite you to participate in the Small Business Round-table with the congressman. The purpose of this event is for businesses from the district to inform the congressman about issues affecting our small business community.We hope you will be able to join us and share ideas on how your representative can better serve you.Date:        Monday 1/28/2013Location: Plymouth Library                223 South Main Street                  Plymouth, MI 48170Time:     7:00pmRep. Bentivolio will be holding these round-tables on a monthly basis at different locations around the district. If you are interested in hosting a roundtable in the future, please contact:Melanie CollinsworthScheduler/Small Business Liaison248.859.2982Melanie.Collinsworth@mail.house.govIf you are unable to attend, feel free to send a representative on your behalf. RSVP’s are appreciated.     Read More

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Washington, DC 20515
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Kerry Bentivolio, a Michigan native, has been making a difference in his community of Milford for nearly 30 years.  Kerry’s background includes military service, business, automotive design, real estate, political activism, education, and community involvement.  These experiences distinguish him as a balanced leader and creative problem solver.

After high school, Kerry enlisted into the U. S. Army, serving as an infantry rifleman in Vietnam. Upon his honorable discharge, he attended Oakland Community College. He then transferred from OCC to Michigan State University.  While attending State, he met his future wife, Karen, a nursing student at the University of Michigan.  Kerry later earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s College and a Master of Education from Marygrove College.

This enthusiastic professional’s impressive work history includes his present career as an educator for over a decade.  He has taught English, history, social studies and computer-aided design in both public and private schools.

For over 20 years, he proudly served with the Michigan Army National Guard where he worked tirelessly to protect and defend the United States of America. He served with the military police on the home front during Desert Storm and in Iraq in 2007, at age 56, with an Artillery Unit in an administrative capacity. Kerry was medically evacuated from Iraq after suffering a neck injury and retired.

Kerry and Karen have resided in Milford since 1982.  They live on a small farm raising reindeer trained to pull Santa’s sleigh in various parades and special holiday events. They also maintain a small flock of chickens, a 25-hive apiary of honeybees, and a 115-vine vineyard. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Kerry Bentivolio lives an active life filled with friends, family and outdoor activities. In spare moments from his busy schedule, he is a sportsman and an avid bass fisherman. He also attempts golf whenever time permits and enjoys shooting clay pigeons.


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