|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 26B|
|2011 - present|
|January 6, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Birthday||November 9, 1955|
|Profession||Assistant Professor, Business Admin.|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Benson also ran as a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Minnesota. He decided to step down when he finished in third place to Aaron Miller and Jim Hagedorn during the first two rounds of voting within the Republican party.
Benson earned his M.B.A. from Eastern University. His professional experience includes working as an assistant professor of Business Administration at Crossroads College.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Benson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries|
|• State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs|
|• Transportation Finance|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Benson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Health and Human Services Reform|
|• Higher Education Policy and Finance|
|• State Government Finance, Vice-chair|
|• Transportation Policy and Finance|
Benson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Budget, Economic Development, And Jobs
- Excerpt: "Mike believes in and will advocate supply-side economics, a major component of the Reagan revolution."
- Excerpt: "Mike believes that there must be more local control and greater parent involvement in policy formation and curriculum choice. He believes that teachers cannot be called to be substitute parents and parents must be involved in their children’s education."
Environment And Energy
- Excerpt: "We need to be vigilant to make sure our environmental research and legislation continues to lead the country but without being a drag on the economic prosperity of all Minnesotans."
- Excerpt: "We need to work with and give incentive to all medical providers to duplicate the efforts of our world-class medical institutions, like Mayo Clinic, that are leading the way to reduce costs by digitizing records, paying physicians by salary rather than by procedures, and always putting the patient’s best interest first."
- Excerpt: "Mike understands how managing the farm has changed. He will work to reduce the taxes, permits, and fees that eat away farm families’ earnings and their ability invest in their future."
Benson planned to run in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Minnesota's 1st District. Benson sought the Republican nomination, but withdrew when Miller and Hagedorn received more support from Republican delegates.
Benson won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 26B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Pat Stallman (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 26B, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Mike Benson Incumbent||57.2%||12,427|
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 30B (2010)|
|Andy Welti (DFL)||8,802||47.55%|
|Mike Benson (R)||9,692||52.36%|
Comprehensive donor information for Benson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Benson raised a total of $48,978 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.
|Mike Benson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota House, District 26B||$24,868|
|2010||Minnesota House, District 30B||$24,110|
|Grand Total Raised||$48,978|
2012Benson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Benson raised a total of $24,868.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mike Benson's campaign in 2012|
|Republican Party of Minnesota||$600|
|Olmsted County Republican Party of Minnesota||$500|
|Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$24,868|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Benson raised $24,110 in contributions.
His three largest contributors were:
|Minnesota Republican Party||$2,150|
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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
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."
Benson and his wife, Susan, have four children.
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- United States House of Representatives
- Minnesota's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014
- Minnesota's 1st Congressional District
- Office website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Campaign website
- Nu Journal, "Hagedorn to announce run for 1st District today," accessed September 4, 2013
- Star Tribune, "GOP delegates select businessman Miller to oppose Rep. Tim Walz after 2 challengers step aside," accessed April 8, 2014
- benson4rep, "Home"
- 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
- Follow the Money, "Benson, Mike," accessed December 12, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- 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
Patti Fritz (DFL)
|Minnesota State House District 26B
| Succeeded by|
Andy Welti (DFL)
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 30B
| Succeeded by|
David Fitzsimmons (R)
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