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Mike Benson
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 26B
Former member
In office
2011 - 2015
Bachelor'sEastern University
Master'sEastern University
Date of birthNovember 9, 1955
ProfessionAssistant professor
Mike Benson (b. November 9, 1955) is a former Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 30B from 2011 to 2015.

Benson ran as a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Minnesota.[1] 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.[2]


Benson earned his M.B.A. from Eastern University. His professional experience includes working as an assistant professor of Business Administration at Crossroads College.

Committee assignments


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:


Campaign themes


Benson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

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."



See also: Minnesota's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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.


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 26B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Benson Incumbent 57.2% 12,427
     Democratic Pat Stallman 42.8% 9,295
Total Votes 21,722


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Benson won election to the District 30B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Andy Welti (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 30B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Andy Welti (DFL) 8,802 47.55%
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Benson (R) 9,692 52.36%
Write-In 17 0.09%

Campaign donors

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.[7]

Mike Benson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 26B Won $24,868
2010 Minnesota House, District 30B Won $24,110
Grand Total Raised $48,978


Benson 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
Public Fund$3,845
Republican Party of Minnesota$600
Olmsted County Republican Party of Minnesota$500
Hubbard, Karen$500
Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance$500
Total Raised in 2012$24,868
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Benson raised $24,110 in contributions.[8]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $5,490
Benson, Mike $3,700
Minnesota Republican Party $2,150


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Minnesota

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.

Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."[9]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.


In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.

Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."[10]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[11]
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."[12]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
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."[13]


Benson received a score of 92% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 34th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[14]


Benson received a score of 100% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 20th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[15]


Benson received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 61st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [16]


Benson and his wife, Susan, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Patti Fritz (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 26B
2013- 2015
Succeeded by
Nels Pierson (R)
Preceded by
Andy Welti (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 30B
Succeeded by
David Fitzsimmons (R)