|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 44B|
|2007 - present|
|January 6, 2015|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Bachelor's||Minnesota State University, Mankato (1968)|
|Master's||University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (1972)|
|Birthday||July 30, 1943|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Montana|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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.
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|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Benson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Education Reform|
|• Rules and Legislative Administration|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Benson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Finance, Vice-chair|
|• K-12 Education Policy and Oversight|
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.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 44B, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||John Benson Incumbent||55.9%||13,754|
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 43B (2010)|
|John Benson (DFL)||8,986||51.65%|
|Brian Grogan (R)||8,394||48.24%|
Benson raised $39,261 for his campaign.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 43B (2008)|
|John Benson (DFL)||12,372||55.53%|
|Brian Grogan (R)||9,872||44.31%|
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.
|John Benson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota House, District 44B||$25,575|
|2010||Minnesota House, District 43B||$29,905|
|2008||Minnesota House, District 43B||$39,261|
|2006||Minnesota House, District 43B||$39,921|
|2004||Minnesota House, District 43B||$24,064|
|Grand Total Raised||$158,726|
2012Benson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Benson raised a total of $25,575.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to John Benson's campaign in 2012|
|44th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party New||$2,145|
|AFSCME Minnesota Council 5||$500|
|SEIU Minnesota State Council||$500|
|American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$25,575|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Benson received $29,905 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to John Benson's campaign in 2010|
|43rd Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party||$1,800|
|Minneapolis Federation Of Teachers Local 59||$500|
|Afscme Minnesota Council 5||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$29,905|
Listed below is the largest contributor to John Benson's 2008 campaign.
Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.
- Liberty Minnesota: 2014
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.
- Americans for Prosperity Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."
- Minnesota Family Council: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.
- Minnesota Majority: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."
- Taxpayers League of Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.
Taxpayers League of Minnesota
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Benson is married with two children.
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- Office website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Benson
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 18, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "All Races by Legislative District," accessed April 23, 2014
- Follow the Money's report on Benson's 2008 campaign contributions
- Follow the Money, "Benson, John," accessed December 13, 2013
- Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Ryan Winkler (DFL)
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 44B
| Succeeded by|
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 43B
| Succeeded by|
Leon Lillie (DFL)
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