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Leonard Bentz
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Mississippi Public Service Commission, Southern District
Former officeholder
In office
2006-2013
Term ends
2016
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$141,505
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Campaign $$482,818
Appointed2006
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mississippi House of Representatives
2004-2006
Personal
Date of birthJanuary 21, 1972
Place of birthGulfort, Mississippi
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Leonard Bentz (b. January 21, 1972, in Gulfort, Mississippi) is a former member of the Mississippi Public Service Commission, representing the Southern District from 2006-2013. Bentz, a Republican, was first appointed to the PSC in 2006 and won a full term in the November 2007 general election. He was re-elected in 2011. Bentz served as chair of the PSC in 2008 and 2013.[1]

Bentz resigned from the PSC in August 2013 to become the executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. The new position offered a 48 percent bump in salary for Bentz, whose past experience also includes serving as a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives.[2]

Biography

Bentz previously served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 2004-2006. He was an investigator for the Mississippi Public Service Commission from 1999-2003, and went on to serve as a member of the PSC.[3]

Education

  • Graduated, University of Southern Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • Attended, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Political Career

Mississippi Public Service Commission (2006-2013)

Bentz, a Republican, was appointed to the PSC in 2006 and subsequently elected to two four-year terms, in 2007 and 2011. He served the Southern District and was PSC chair in 2008 and 2013. He stepped down on August 19, 2013.

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Leonard Bentz endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Mississippi House of Representatives (2004-2006)

Bentz represented District 116 in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 2004 until April 2006.[1]

Elections

2011

See also: Mississippi down ballot state executive elections, 2011

Bentz won re-election in 2011. He defeated Travis Rose in the August 2 Republican primary. In a replay of the 2007 race, he defeated Democrat Mike Collier in the general election on November 8, 2011.

Results

Republican primary
Public Service -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Leonard Bentz Approveda 56%
     Republican Party Travis Rose 44%
Total Votes 112,805
General election
Mississippi Public Service Commission (South/District 2), 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Bentz Incumbent 60.1% 178,804
     Democratic Mike Collier 39.9% 118,813
Total Votes 297,617
Election Results via Mississippi Secretary of State


2007

Bentz was elected to his first full term on the Mississippi Public Service Commission in 2007. He defeated Democratic candidate Mike Collier in the general election on November 6, 2007.[5]

Mississippi Public Service Commission, Southern District, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Bentz Incumbent 55.9% 139,124
     Democratic Mike Collier 44.1% 109,737
Total Votes 248,861
Election Results via Mississippi Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bentz is available dating back to 2003. Based on available campaign finance records, Bentz raised a total of $482,818 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[6]

Leonard Bentz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Southern District Won $201,553
2009 Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Southern District Not up for election $10,400
2007 Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Southern District Won $237,515
2005 Mississippi State House District 116 Not up for election $5,150
2003 Mississippi State House District 116 Won $28,200
Grand Total Raised $482,818

2007 and 2011

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Leonard Bentz's donors each year.[7] Click [show] for more information.



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Preceded by
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Mississippi Public Service Commission
2006–2013
Succeeded by
Steve Renfroe