Joanne Benson

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Joanne Benson
Maryland State Senate District 24
In office
January 12, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 4
Deputy Majority Leader, Maryland State House of Delegates
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maryland State House of Delegates
Bachelor'sBowie State College, 1961
Master'sCatholic University of America, 1972
Date of birthMarch 11, 1941
Place of birthRoanoke, VA
Office website
Joanne C. Benson (b. March 11, 1941) is a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 24. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

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.

Committee assignments

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:

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:

Note: Benson also served on the Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Subcommittee on Minority Health Disparities.


Campaign themes

On her campaign website, Benson listed 6 issues:[1]

  • "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.[2][3][4]

Maryland State Senate, District 24 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoanne Benson Incumbent 56% 7,695
Bobby G. Henry, Jr. 44% 6,047
Total Votes 13,742


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Benson won re-election with 27,222 votes, and was unopposed in the November 2 general election.[5]

In the September 14 primary election, Benson defeated Democratic incumbent Nathaniel Exum by a margin of 6,178 to 3,311.[6]

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
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joanne Benson (D) 27,222 100%
David () 10,845 39.7%
Maryland State Senate, District 24- Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joanne Benson 5,938 57%
Nathaniel Exum 5,101 46.2%


On November 7, 2006, Joanne Benson ran for District 24 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the first of three seats, beating Carolyn Howard and Michael Vaughn.[7]

Joanne Benson raised $57,800 for her campaign.[8]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 24
Candidates Votes Percent
Joanne Benson (D) 19,081 33.5%
Carolyn Howard (D) 19,007 33.4%
Michael Vaughn (D) 18,806 33.0%
Write-Ins 66 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Benson raised $145,730 in contributions.[9]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
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.[10]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Friends of Peter Hamman $1,500
Multi Bil Inc. $1,300
Washington Redskins $1,000
Patrick Ricker $1,000
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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Political offices
Preceded by
Nathaniel Exum
Maryland State Senate District 24
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Maryland House of Delegates District 24
Succeeded by
Tiffany Alston