|Minnesota State Senate District 31|
|2011 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
|Bachelor's||College of Saint Catherine|
|Master's||University of Saint Thomas|
Michelle is a Certified Public Accountant. She currently works part time as a project manager.
Michelle graduated from St. Catherine's University with a degree in Chemistry. She also earned an MBA degree from St. Thomas University.
Benson's website highlights 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."
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 these committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Rural Economies|
|• Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications|
|• Health and Human Services|
- 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%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Benson raised $52,707 in contributions. 
Her four largest contributors were:
|Senate District 49||$1,542|
|Senate District 49||$1,000|
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- Minnesota Senate approves marriage bill - Washington Blade
- Free speech, terrorism debated in Senate higher education debate - Mille Lacs County Times (blog)
- Other view: Board lacks business, consumer perspectives - Duluth News Tribune
- Photos: National Day of Prayer and Day of Reason at the Capitol - Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog)
- Dayton appoints seven-member health exchange board - Politics in Minnesota
- Coach cleared of charges no longer at MSU, Mankato - Salon
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Benson and her husband Craig have two children.
- Campaign site
- House website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010
Jeremy Miller (R)
|Minnesota State Senate District 31
| Succeeded by|
Debbie Johnson (R)
|Minnesota State Senate District 49
| Succeeded by|
Melisa Franzen (DFL)