|Maryland State Senate District 24|
|January 12, 2011-Present|
|January 8, 2019|
|Years in position||4|
|Deputy Majority Leader, Maryland State House of Delegates|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Maryland State House of Delegates|
|Bachelor's||Bowie State College, 1961|
|Master's||Catholic University of America, 1972|
|Date of birth||March 11, 1941|
|Place of birth||Roanoke, VA|
Benson served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1991 to 2011. Benson served as Deputy Majority Leader.
Benson earned her B.S. in education from Bowie State College in 1961 and her M.A. in curriculum instruction from the Catholic University of America in 1972.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Benson served on the following committees:
|Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Children, Youth, and Families|
|• Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight|
|• Management of Public Funds|
|• Protocol, Senate Co-Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Benson served on these committees:
|Maryland Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Children, Youth, and Families|
|• Education, Health & Environmental Affairs|
|• Welfare Reform|
Note: Benson also served on the Subcommittee on Education and the Subcommittee on Health Occupations.
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Benson served on these committees:
|Maryland Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Access to Mental Health Services, Chair|
|• Children, Youth, & Families|
|• Health & Government Operations|
|• Protocol, Chair|
Note: Benson also served on the Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Subcommittee on Minority Health Disparities.
On her campaign website, Benson listed 6 issues:
- "A safe environment for our residents and families; committed to tackling gang and domestic violence."
- "Quality jobs and benefits for workers and their families and support for businesses that invest in our local economy."
- "Access to quality health care and to keep Prince George's Hospital open to serve our residents."
- "Maintaining services for senior citizens and to always make sure that seniors have a safe, affordable, and clean place to live."
- "Substance abuse treatment for those in need. This will help to reduce crime and restore the social fabric of our communities impacted by drug and alcohol addiction."
- "Improving our community by removing blight, funding our infrastructure and holding those businesses accountable who are not responsible to the needs of our community."
- See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Incumbent Joanne Benson defeated Bobby G. Henry, Jr. in the Democratic primary.
|Maryland State Senate, District 24 Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Joanne Benson Incumbent||56%||7,695|
|Bobby G. Henry, Jr.||44%||6,047|
- See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010
Benson won re-election with 27,222 votes, and was unopposed in the November 2 general election.
Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Benson was one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent Democratic state senator.
|Maryland State Senate, District 24 (2010) General Election|
|Joanne Benson (D)||27,222||100%|
|Maryland State Senate, District 24- Democratic Primary (2010)|
Joanne Benson raised $57,800 for her campaign.
|Maryland House of Delegates, District 24|
|Joanne Benson (D)||19,081||33.5%|
|Carolyn Howard (D)||19,007||33.4%|
|Michael Vaughn (D)||18,806||33.0%|
In 2010, Benson raised $145,730 in contributions.
Her five largest contributors were:
|Progressive Democrats Slate||$10,000|
|United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400||$8,000|
|Mcgeo Food & Commercial Workers Local 1994||$6,000|
|Friends Of Justin Ross||$6,000|
|Prince Georges County Democratic Central Cmte||$6,000|
In 2006, Joanne Benson collected $57,800 in donations.
Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:
|Friends of Peter Hamman||$1,500|
|Multi Bil Inc.||$1,300|
|J B Jenkins Funeral Home||$1,000|
Benson is Treasurer of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, and a member of the Maryland Veterans Caucus, Maryland Commission on Disabilities, Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, and Women Legislators of Maryland.
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- Maryland State Legislature
- Maryland State Senate
- Maryland Senate Committees
- Maryland Joint Committees
- Maryland State Senate District 24
- Senate website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1998
- Joanne Benson for State Senate: Issues
- Maryland Secretary of State, "Official primary election candidate list," accessed March 3, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election results for State Senate," accessed December 5, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "2014 Official General Election Results," accessed April 30, 2015
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "2010 General Election Official Results," accessed February 24, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official Primary Results," accessed February 24, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for House of Delegates," accessed March 24, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Benson's 2006 campaign contributions," accessed March 24, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Maryland 2010 - Candidates," accessed December 23, 2013
- 2006 contributors to Joanne Benson
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