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Leonard Bentz
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Mississippi Public Service Commission, Southern District
Former officeholder
In office
2006-2013
Term ends
2016
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$141,505
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Campaign $$482,818
Appointed2006
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mississippi House of Representatives
2004-2006
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 21, 1972
Place of birthGulfort, Mississippi
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Leonard Bentz (b. January 21, 1972, in Gulfort, Mississippi) is a former member of the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Bentz, a Republican, was appointed to the commission in 2006 and elected in 2007 and 2011. He served the Southern District and was the chairman in 2008 and 2013.[1]

Bentz resigned from the commission on August 19, 2013 in order to take a job as executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. The new position offers a 48% bump in salary for Bentz, who was a state representative in Mississippi in addition to his career investigating for, and then serving on, the public service commission.[2]

Biography

Bentz previously served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 2004 to 2006 and was a Mississippi Public Service Commission Investigator from 1999-2003.[3]

Education

  • Graduated, University of Southern Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • Attended, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Political Career

Mississippi Public Service Commission (2006-2013)

Bentz, a Republican, was appointed to the commission in 2006 and elected in 2007 and 2011. He served the Southern District and was chairman in 2008 and 2013. He stepped down from the commission on August 19, 2013.

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Leonard Bentz endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Mississippi House of Representatives (2004-2006)

Bentz represented District 116 in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 2004 until April 2006.[1]

Elections

2011

See also: Mississippi down ballot state executive elections, 2011

Bentz won re-election in 2011. In a replay of the 2007 race, he defeated Democrat Mike Collier in the November 8 general election.

Mississippi Public Service Commission (South/District 2), 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Bentz Incumbent 60.1% 178,804
     Democratic Mike Collier 39.9% 118,813
Total Votes 297,617


Bentz defeated Travis Rose in the August 2 Republican primary.

Public Service -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Leonard Bentz Approveda 56%
     Republican Party Travis Rose 44%
Total Votes 112,805


2007

Bentz won election in the November 6, 2007 election, defeating Democratic candidate Mike Collier.[5]

Mississippi Public Service Commission, Southern District, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Bentz Incumbent 55.9% 139,124
     Democratic Mike Collier 44.1% 109,737
Total Votes 248,861
Election Results Via: Mississippi Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bentz is available dating back to 2003. Based on available campaign finance records, Bentz raised a total of $482,818 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[6]

Leonard Bentz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Southern District Won $201,553
2009 Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Southern District Not up for election $10,400
2007 Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Southern District Won $237,515
2005 Mississippi State House District 116 Not up for election $5,150
2003 Mississippi State House District 116 Won $28,200
Grand Total Raised $482,818

2007 and 2011

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Preceded by
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Mississippi Public Service Commission
2006–2013
Succeeded by
Steve Renfroe