|Minnesota State Senate, District 31|
|2011 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Bachelor's||College of Saint Catherine|
|Master's||University of Saint Thomas|
|Profession||Certified Public Accountant|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Benson earned her bachelor's degree in Chemistry from St. Catherine's University with a degree in Chemistry and her M.B.A. from St. Thomas University. Her professional experience includes working as a Certified Public Accountant and project manager.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Benson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Environment and Energy|
|• Health, Human Services and Housing|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Benson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Rural Economies|
|• Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications|
|• Health and Human Services|
Benson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Jobs and the Economy
- Excerpt:"Job stability, unemployment, and under-employment are the biggest concerns for the people I meet. No politician can provide the answer to our employment challenge. It is my belief that entrepreneurs and innovators in the private sector will be our best source of new jobs. When we encourage the private sector, jobs will follow. "
- Excerpt:"There is plenty of money to run the State of Minnesota. Instead of a tax increase, we need to lower and simplify taxes so we can get out of the way of entrepreneurs and get our economy rolling again! "
- Excerpt:"Though we have the highest SAT scores in the country, we also rank among the top regarding minority disparity. Our funding formula for education was built based on politics that has created these funding disparities. As a nation, our math and science scores keep slipping. We cannot continue to support the status quo. "
- Excerpt:"When Georgia and Indiana implemented Voter ID, minority participation in voting actually increased over prior elections."
- Excerpt:"Unborn children are the most innocent and helpless people. We must be their voice and protect their right to be born."
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012
|Minnesota State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Michelle Benson Incumbent||58.7%||24,774|
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010
|Minnesota State Senate, District 49 (2010)|
|Michelle Benson (R)||19979||60.33%|
|Paul Meunier (DFL)||13102||39.56%|
Comprehensive donor information for Benson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Benson raised a total of $85,505 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.
|Michelle Benson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota Senate, District 31||$32,798|
|2010||Minnesota Senate, District 49||$52,707|
|Grand Total Raised||$85,505|
2012Benson won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Benson raised a total of $39,798.
|Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Michelle Benson's campaign in 2012|
|31st Senate District Republican Party of Minnesota New||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$39,798|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Benson raised $52,707 in contributions.
Her four largest contributors were:
|Senate District 49||$1,542|
|Senate District 49||$1,000|
Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.
- Liberty Minnesota: 2014
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.
- Americans for Prosperity Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."
- Minnesota Family Council: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.
- Minnesota Majority: 2013 Scorecard
- 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."
- Taxpayers League of Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- 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."
Benson and her husband, Craig, have two children.
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- Office website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010
- "michellebensonforsenate," Official Campaign Website
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 12, 2012
- Secretary of State Official general election results
- Follow the Money, "Benson, Michelle," accessed December 21, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Jeremy Miller (R)
|Minnesota State Senate District 31
| Succeeded by|
Debbie Johnson (R)
|Minnesota State Senate District 49
| Succeeded by|
Melisa Franzen (DFL)