Diane E. Benson

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Diane E. Benson
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Former candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAmerican Film Institute
Master'sUniversity of Alaska
Date of birthMay 10, 1954
ProfessionBusiness owner, writer
Campaign website
Diane E. Benson (b. May 10, 1954) is a business owner, professor and a former ice-road truck driver. She was the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor of Alaska in the 2010 election.[1]


She has a life-long involvement in American Indian and tribal issues. She entered politics after her son sustained significant combat injuries while serving in Iraq, and focused her early forays into electoral politics on veteran's affairs. She first ran as a Green Party candidate in 2002, and as a Congressional candidate in 2006, when she captured 41% of the vote, and in 2008, when she lost in the primary.

Benson officially became the nominee after winning the August 24, 2010 primary against Lynette Moreno-Hinz and Jack Powers, claiming nearly 2/3 of the vote.


  • New England College (MPP) (in-progress)
  • University of Alaska (M.A.)
  • American Film Institute (B.A)



See also: Alaska lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Benson defeated three opponents in the August 24 primary. She faced Mead Treadwell (R) and Jeffrey D. Brown (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[2]

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