Joe Benning

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Joe Benning
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Vermont Senate Caledonia District
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Senate Minority Leader
2013-present
Compensation
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sLyndon State College
J.D.Vermont Law School
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Joseph C. Benning is a Republican member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Caledonia District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Benning currently serves as Senate Minority Leader, a roll he adopted in early 2013.

Biography

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.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Benning served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Institutions
Judiciary, Vice-chair
Rules
Judicial Retention
Rules

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Benning served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2014. Incumbent Jane Kitchel and Mike Heath are unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Joe Benning is unopposed in the Republican primary.[1]

2012

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.[2]

Vermont State Senate, Caledonia District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJane Kitchel Incumbent 34.1% 9,934
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Benning Incumbent 27.4% 7,969
     Democratic Stephen Amos 19.2% 5,584
     Republican David Dill 19.3% 5,619
Total Votes 29,106

2010

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.[2]

Vermont State Senate, Caledonia District, General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jane Kitchel (D) 6,158
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Benning (R) 5,674
Matthew Choate (D) 5,537
Charlie Bucknam (R) 5,322
Harvey Otterman (I) 1,798

Campaign donors

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.[3]

Joe Benning's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Caledonia Won $9,311
2010 Vermont State Senate, District Caledonia Won $11,466
Grand Total Raised $20,777

2012

Benning 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
Morrison, Les$1,000
Caledonia Republican$700
Norml$500
Vermont Chamber of Commerce$500
Total Raised in 2012$9,311
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, the year Benning first Won election to the Senate, he collected $11,466 in donations.[4]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Caledonia County Republican Committee $2,000
Leslie Morrison $1,000
Teresa Benning $960
Contribution by candidate or candidate's immediate family $520

Voting record

2011-2012

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.[5] 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
N Y Y N N N N Y Y

Personal

Benning and his wife, Debbie, have two children.

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