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John Benson

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John Benson
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 44B
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMinnesota State University, Mankato (1968)
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities (1972)
Personal
BirthdayJuly 30, 1943
Place of birthGlasgow, Montana
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Benson (b. July 30, 1943) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 44B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Benson's professional experience includes working as a social studies teacher at Edina Public Schools from 1966 to 1999. He also served as President of Education Minnesota Edina from 1996 to 1999, the Edina Federation of Teachers from 1990 to 1996 and the Minnesota Federation of Teachers from 1987 to 1995.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Benson served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Education Policy
Environment and Natural Resources Policy
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance
Health and Human Services Policy
Rules and Legislative Administration, Vice-chair
Taxes

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Benson served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Benson served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Benson won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 44B. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Mark Stefan (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 44B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Benson Incumbent 55.9% 13,754
     Republican Mark Stefan 44.1% 10,848
Total Votes 24,602

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Benson won re-election to the District 43B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Brian Grogan (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 43B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png John Benson (DFL) 8,986 51.65%
Brian Grogan (R) 8,394 48.24%
Write-In 19 0.11%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Benson won election to the District 43B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Brian Grogan. [5]

Benson raised $39,261 for his campaign.[6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 43B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png John Benson (DFL) 12,372 55.53%
Brian Grogan (R) 9,872 44.31%
Write-In 34 0.15%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Benson is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Benson raised a total of $158,726 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 13, 2013.[7]

John Benson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 44B Won $25,575
2010 Minnesota House, District 43B Won $29,905
2008 Minnesota House, District 43B Won $39,261
2006 Minnesota House, District 43B Won $39,921
2004 Minnesota House, District 43B Won $24,064
Grand Total Raised $158,726

2012

Benson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Benson raised a total of $25,575.

2010

In 2010, Benson received $29,905 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[8]


2008

Listed below is the largest contributor to John Benson's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $8,568

Scorecards

Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[9]

2013

Benson received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 131st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [10]

2012

Benson received a score of 14% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 108th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [11]

2011

Benson received a score of 23% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 76th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [12]

Personal

Benson is married with two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ryan Winkler (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 44B
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota House of Representatives District 43B
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Leon Lillie (DFL)