Benjamin Swan, Sr.

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Benjamin Swan, Sr.
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eleventh Hampden
Incumbent
In office
1995 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sFashion-Art School
Master'sUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1977
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 18, 1933
Place of birthBelzoni, Mississippi
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Benjamin Swan, Sr. (b. September 18, 1933) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Eleventh Hampden district. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Swan has been a member of the Democratic City Committee and Ward Democratic Committee.

Biography

Swan's professional experience includes working as a therapist at the Gandara Mental Health Center; independent consultant, Consultant with Northern Educational Service; Vice President of the B.E.S.T. Technical Corporation; Manager of the Tennessee Valley Authority; and owner of Benjamin Swan Associates. Swan served in the United States Army.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Post Audit and Oversight, Vice-chair
Elder Affairs Joint
Public Service Joint

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Swan served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Swan served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Swan won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Eleventh Hampden District. Swan was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eleventh Hampden District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBenjamin Swan, Sr. Incumbent 77% 10,084
     Independent Norman Oliver 23% 3,020
Total Votes 13,104

2010

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

Swan won re-election to the Eleventh Hampden seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the September 14 primary. He also faced no opposition in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Eleventh Hampden District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Benjamin Swan, Sr. (D) 5,559

2008

On November 4, 2008, Swan won re-election in the Massachusetts House of Representatives election for the Eleventh Hampden district.[5] In this election he raised $27,063; of that total $25,388 (93.8%) was from in state contributions and $1,675 (6.2%) was from out of state contributions.[6]

Massachusetts House of Representatives - Eleventh Hampden district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Benjamin Swan (D) 9,830
All Others 235
Blanks 2,900

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Swan is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Swan raised a total of $182,316 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 14, 2013.[7]

Benjamin Swan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Massachusetts House, Eleventh Hampden Won $13,600
2010 Massachusetts House, Eleventh Hampden Won $9,063
2008 Massachusetts House, Eleventh Hampden Won $27,063
2006 Massachusetts House, Eleventh Hampden Won $16,365
2004 Massachusetts House, Eleventh Hampden Won $20,005
2002 Massachusetts House, Eleventh Hampden Won $41,075
2000 Massachusetts House, Twelfth Hampden Won $30,605
1998 Massachusetts House, Twelfth Hampden Won $24,540
Grand Total Raised $182,316

2012

Swan won re-election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Swan raised a total of $13,600.
Massachusetts House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Benjamin Swan, Sr.'s campaign in 2012
Swan, Benjamin$3,400
Richard E. Neal Massachusetts PAC$1,000
Henderson, Pamela R.$500
Richard E. Neal Massachusetts Political Action Committee$500
Food & Commercial Workers Local 1459$400
Total Raised in 2012$13,600
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Swan received $9,063 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[8]

Massachusetts House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Benjamin Swan, Sr.'s campaign in 2010
Richard E Neal Massachusetts PAC$1,000
Krastin, Christine R$500
Cmte For A Democratic House$500
Flores, Heriberto$400
Massachusetts Teachers Association$350
Total Raised in 2010 $9,063

2008

Swan raised $27,063 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[9]

Donor Amount
Cash Receipts/Deposit $1,555
Benjamin Swan $1,038
Retired Public Employees $600
Nine different donors $500

Personal

Swan and his wife, Peggy, have seven children. He has been a member of the American Legion, Arise for Social Justice, Black Men of Greater Springfield, Elks Harmony Lodge #140, NAACP, National Caucus of Black State Legislators, PHFAM, Prince Hall Masonry, Richard Allen Lodge #30, Rotary International, and the Springfield Sunrise Rotary.[10]

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Preceded by
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Massachusetts House of Representatives Hampden 11
1995–present
Succeeded by
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