|Vermont Senate Caledonia District|
|2011 - present|
|January 2, 2017|
|Years in position||4|
|Senate Minority Leader|
|Per diem||$107/day (non-commuter) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Bachelor's||Lyndon State College|
|J.D.||Vermont Law School|
Benning holds a B.A. in social studies from Lyndon State College and a J.D. from the Vermont Law School.
Before his election, Benning was a private practice attorney and a partner at Bertolini, Benning, and Glinka. He is also a justice of the peace, a member of the Lyndon Town School Board, a town agent for Lydndon, and a village agent for Lyndonville.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Benning served on the following committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Judiciary, Vice-chair|
|• Judicial Retention|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Benning served on these committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Judicial Retention|
|• Natural Resources and Energy|
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Vermont State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2014. Caledonia has two state senators. Incumbent Jane Kitchel and Mike Heath were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Joe Benning was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kitchel and Heath defeated Benning in the general election.
|Vermont State Senate Caledonia District, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Jane Kitchel* Incumbent||44.9%||7,786|
|Republican||Joe Benning Incumbent||35.5%||6,149|
*Kitchell appeared on the ballot as both a Democrat and a Republican.
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012
Benning won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Caledonia District. Benning was unopposed in the August 28 Republican primary and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010
Benning ran for election to the 6th District Seat (Caledonia District) in 2010. He ran against Charlie Bucknam in the primary. He defeated Charlie Bucknam (R), Matthew Choate (D), and Harvey Otterman (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
|Vermont State Senate, Caledonia District, General Election (2010)|
|Jane Kitchel (D)||6,158|
|Joe Benning (R)||5,674|
|Matthew Choate (D)||5,537|
|Charlie Bucknam (R)||5,322|
|Harvey Otterman (I)||1,798|
Comprehensive donor information for Benning is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Benning raised a total of $20,777 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.
|Joe Benning's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Vermont State Senate, District Caledonia||$9,311|
|2010||Vermont State Senate, District Caledonia||$11,466|
|Grand Total Raised||$20,777|
2012Benning won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Benning raised a total of $9,311.
|Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Joe Benning's campaign in 2012|
|Benning, Joseph C||$1,000|
|Vermont Chamber of Commerce||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$9,311|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, the year Benning first Won election to the Senate, he collected $11,466 in donations.
His four largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Caledonia County Republican Committee||$2,000|
|Contribution by candidate or candidate's immediate family||$520|
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- National Federation of Independent Business in Vermont: 2013-2014 Legislative Voting Record
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The Ethan Allen Institute, a Vermont-based free-market public policy research and education organization, released its biennial publication, the Vermont Voters' Report Card, for the years 2011-2012. The report showed how Vermont legislators in the state House and state Senate voted on key issues important to the Institute. Here's how Benning voted on the selected bills:
|Vermont Voters Scorecard, 2011-2012|
|National Popular Vote||Green Mountain Care||Green Mountain Care||Green Mountain Care||Tax Bill||Free Speech||Health Exchange||CVPS Rebate||Cloud Computing|
Benning and his wife, Debbie, have two children.
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- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Listing," June 13, 2014
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- followthemoney.org, "Benning, Joe," accessed September 19, 2013
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- Ethan Allen Institute, "Report Cards," accessed September 10, 2013