Chris Benge

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Chris Benge
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Oklahoma Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
November 8, 2013-present
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorLarry Parman (R)
Leadership
Speaker, Oklahoma House of Representatives
February 2008-November 2010
Compensation
Base salary$90,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedOctober 23, 2013
Appointed byGov. Mary Fallin (R)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oklahoma House of Representatives
1998-2010
Education
High schoolWebster High School (1980)
Bachelor'sOklahoma State University-Tulsa
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 9, 1962
Place of birthTulsa, Oklahoma
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Chris Benge (b. September 9, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is the current Oklahoma Secretary of State. A Republican, he took over the position on November 8, 2013, replacing Larry Parman (R).[1]

Benge was a Republican member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He represented District 68 from 1998 to 2010. He was Speaker of the House.

Biography

Benge managed Benge Painting Company from 1981 to 1997, and was a sales representative for Cintas Corporation from 1997 to 1998.[2] From 1998 through 2010 he served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Leaving the chamber due to term limits, Benge became an advisor to Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett. Since August 2011 he has served as senior vice president of government affairs at the Tulsa Regional Chamber.[1]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
  • Diploma, Webster High School, 1980

Political career

Oklahoma Secretary of State (November 2013-present)

Benge has served as Oklahoma Secretary of State since November 8, 2013.

Oklahoma House of Representatives (1998–2010)

Benge represented District 68 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1998 through 2010. He was unable to run for re-election due to term limits.

Elections/Appointments

2013

On October 23, 2013, Gov. Mary Fallin (R) appointed Benge as Oklahoma Secretary of State. Fallin said of Benge, “My focus as governor has been to implement pro-growth, fiscally responsible and conservative policies to move this state forward. Chris Benge’s leadership and experience as a legislator and leader of the House will help us continue in those efforts. I’m delighted to have him serve as a member of my Cabinet."[3]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Benge won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Because he ran unopposed, the number of votes was not published.[4] $85,275 was raised for this campaign.[5]

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008, Benge collected $85,275 in donations.[6]

These were the largest contributors in 2008.

Donor Amount
BENNETT, CLAYTON $5,000
OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS $5,000
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY $5,000
CHOCTAW NATION OF OKLAHOMA $5,000
MCCLENDON, AUBREY K $5,000
OKLAHOMA INDEPENDENT PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION $3,500
OKLAHOMA FARM BUREAU $2,750

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Personal

Benge and his wife, Allison, have two children: Garrett and Hayden.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Parman (R)
Oklahoma Secretary of State
November 2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Oklahoma House of Representatives - District 68
1998–2010
Succeeded by
Glen Mulready (R)