John J. Benoit

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John J. Benoit is a former Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 37 from 2008 to November 30, 2009, when he was appointed to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

Prior to joining the state senate, Benoit was a member of the California State Assembly from 2002 to 2008 and a member of the Board of Education of Desert Sands Unified School District.


Benoit earned degrees from the National Academy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, California State University-San Bernardino and California State University-Los Angeles. His professional experience includes working as the Indio Area Commander of the California Highway Patrol in 1988, officer with the highway patrol in the Los Angeles, Sacramento and Bakersfield regions from 1973 to 1988 and officer with the Los Angeles County Police Department.

Committee assignments

Benoit served on these standing committees:

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[1][2]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Benoit ranked as a 14.[3]


Benoit and his wife, Sheryl, have two children.

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