Daniel Benson

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Daniel Benson
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New Jersey General Assembly District 14
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
AppointedJanuary 10, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
Master'sRutgers University, 1999
Personal
Birthday11/22/1975
Place of birthTrenton, NJ
ProfessionConsultant
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Daniel R. Benson (b. November 22, 1975) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 14. He was first appointed to the chamber on January 10, 2011, to replace Linda Greenstein, who was elected to the state Senate.[1]

Biography

Benson earned a B.S. in Government and a B.S. in Physics from Georgetown University in 1997 and a M.P.P. in Science and Technology Policy from the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University in 1999. His professional experience includes working as a consultant for Tekmark Global Solutions from 2008 to 2011, as a Manager of Government Affairs for the NJ Utilities Association from 2007 to 2008 and a Research Project Manager at Rutgers University from 2003 to 2006.[2]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Benson served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Health and Senior Services, Vice-Chair
Commerce and Economic Development
Environment and Solid Waste

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Benson won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 14. Benson was bracketed with Wayne DeAngelo. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He and incumbent Wayne DeAngelo (D) defeated Ronald Haas (R), Steve Cook (R), Steven Uccio (L) and Sean O'Connor (L) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[3][4][5][6]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 14 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWayne DeAngelo Incumbent 26.9% 32,048
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Benson Incumbent 26% 30,992
     Republican Steve Cook 23.6% 28,135
     Republican Ronald Haas 22% 26,233
     Libertarian Sean O'Connor 0.8% 898
     Libertarian Steven Uccio 0.7% 779
Total Votes 119,085

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Benson won re-election in 2011. He and incumbent Wayne DeAngelo ran unopposed in the June 7 primary. They then defeated and Wayne Wittman, Sheree McGowan, and Steven Welzer in the November 8 general election.[7]

New Jersey General Assembly District 14 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWayne DeAngelo Incumbent 29% 26,626
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Benson Incumbent 28% 25,662
     Republican Sheree McGowan 20.9% 19,135
     Republican Wayne Wittman 20.8% 19,100
     Green Steven Welzer 1.3% 1,189
Total Votes 91,712

Speculation

Asbury Park Press

District 14 was one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two are Districts 2 and 38. Districts 2 and 38 could lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cited a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argued APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 14 is roughly 21,000, (down from 25,000).[8]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Benson is available dating back to 2005. Based on available campaign finance records, Benson raised a total of $394,920 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 16, 2013.[9]

Daniel Benson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 14 Won $293,200
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 14 Defeated $101,720
Grand Total Raised $394,920

2011

Benson won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Benson raised a total of $293,200.

2005

Benson lost the election for the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Benson raised a total of $101,720.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Benson’s endorsements included the following:[10] [11]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey

2011

In 2011, Benson’s endorsements included the following:[12]

Personal

Benson is married to the former Hande Yurttan

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