Kerry Bentivolio

Kerry Bentivolio

MICHIGAN's 11th DISTRICT

Congressman Bentivolio’s Office Kicks Off Holiday Food Drive

2014/11/19

Today, Representative Kerry Bentivolio announced that his office is collecting food and personal care items for various food banks and shelters across Michigan’s 11th Congressional District.   Non-perishable food and personal care items can be dropped off at 800 Welch Rd., Commerce, MI from Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM until Friday, December 12th.   Additionally, food items and personal care items can be dropped off at the food banks and shelters listed here.   Some of the most requested items are:   Tuna Fish Canned Meat Beef Stew Meat Soups Hearty Soups Canned Spaghetti or Pasta Beans (Kidney, Pinto, Green, Yellow, Refried, or Black) Noodles, Macaroni Pancake or Baking Mixes Cereal/Oatmeal Granola Bars Peanut Butter (in plastic jars) Personal Care Items (such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, etc.)   Donors are highly encouraged to avoid items in glass containers as they break very easily. Read More

Nation's Largest Taxpayer Group Honors Rep. Kerry Bentivolio with "Taxpayer's Friend Award"

2014/09/18

Last evening, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio was recognized for his outstanding pro-taxpayer voting record as National Taxpayers Union (NTU), a nonpartisan citizen advocacy group, announced that Rep. Bentivolio is among the distinguished recipients of the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” for 2013.               “With so many remaining doubts that our economy has completely turned a corner, it's never been more important for Washington to change direction on fiscal policy,” NTU President Pete Sepp said. “Fortunately, the taxpayers of the 11th district of Michigan could count on Rep. Bentivolio to help put our nation on a saner path. Day in and day out, he earned the title of 'Taxpayers ' Friend.'   Since 1979, NTU has acknowledged Representatives and Senators who achieve top scores in their annual Rating of Congress with the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.”   The Rating, which is based on every roll call vote affecting fiscal policy, assigns a “Taxpayer Score” to each Member of Congress that indicates his or her support for reducing or controlling federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation. For 2013, a total of 253 House and 90 Senate votes were selected.   “Rep. Bentivolio's pro-taxpayer score of 85% percent was one of the best in the entire Congress,” Sepp continued. “By casting principled votes for limited government time and again, Rep. Bentivolio has led by example in the fight to defend overburdened taxpayers across the country.” "I was sent to Congress to protect our rights and guard the taxpayer's dollars, not take them away," said Rep. Kerry Bentivolio. "It's an honor to be presented with the "Taxpayer's Friend Award". In the coming months, I will continue the fight to protect the taxpayers from the tax and spend mentality that runs rampant in Washington."   In NTU’s 2013 Rating, the average “Taxpayer Score” in the House remained at the rounded level of 51 percent. Thus, for the third year in a row the House mean has managed to reach the halfway mark – a feat never before achieved on NTU’s Rating. The Senate’s average was nearly the same as last year, rising one point to 41 percent - but the bigger story might be their woeful 17 percent median score.   The Senate had an all-time low of 28 percent in 1988, and the House hit bottom that same year, at 27 percent. The highest marks were reached in 1995, when lower and upper chambers’ averages were 58 percent and 57 percent, respectively.   For the first session of the 113th Congress, 58 lawmakers attained scores sufficient for an “A” grade (a minimum score of 83 percent in the House and 90 percent the Senate) and therefore won the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.” Yet, a startling 204 Senators and Representatives were tagged with the title of “Big Spender” for posting “F” grades (24 percent or less in the House and 16 percent or less in the Senate). The record of 267 was reached in both 2008 and 2009.   NTU’s annual Rating sets the standard for fiscal scorecards by not simplistically focusing on only a handful of equally weighted “key votes.” For this reason, it has received praise from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including the late Sen. (and “Golden Fleece Award” creator) William Proxmire (D-WI). Read More

U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB

2014/09/17

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 17, 2014 – The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11) a Guardian of Small Business for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress. NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Bentivolio for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.” “The record shows that Rep. Bentivolio is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.” NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was also unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker. Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award. In all, NFIB will present Guardian awards to 232 Representatives who stood up for small business. Read More

Border Crisis Forum Presentation

2014/08/07

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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

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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226 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-8171
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bentivolio.house.gov

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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