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}}{{tnr}}{{TOCnestright}}'''Don Benton''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Washington State Senate]], representing District 17 since 1997. Beginning in 2013, Benton serves as [[State Senate Deputy Majority  Leader|Deputy Majority Leader]].
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}}{{tnr}}{{TOCnestright}}'''Don Benton''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Washington State Senate]], representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996. Beginning in 2013, Benton serves as [[State Senate Deputy Majority  Leader|Deputy Majority Leader]].
  
Benton served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1995 to 1997.  He ran for the United States House of Representatives District 3 in 1998, but was not elected.
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Benton served in the [[Washington House of Representatives]] from 1995 to 1997.  He ran for the [[United States House of Representatives]] District 3 in 1998, but was not elected.
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Benton earned his AA from College of the Canyons.  He then graduated ''cum laude'' from Concordia University with a B.S. degree in management and communication. Benton has worked as Founder and CEO of The Benton Group since 1988. He was the Co-Founder/President of Santa Clarita Temporaries Incorporated from 1979 to 1983 and was district manager and agent for Farmers Insurance Group from 1981 to 1988. Benton's political experience began with his work as a Republican Precinct Committeeman.  In 2000 he served as chair of the Washington State Republican Party.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=3177 Project Vote Smart - Sen. Benton]</ref>  
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Benton earned his A.A. from College of the Canyons.  He then graduated ''cum laude'' from Concordia University with a B.S. degree in management and communication. Benton has worked as Founder and CEO of The Benton Group since 1988. He was the Co-Founder/President of Santa Clarita Temporaries Incorporated from 1979 to 1983 and was district manager and agent for Farmers Insurance Group from 1981 to 1988. Benton's political experience began with his work as a Republican Precinct Committeeman.  In 2000 he served as chair of the Washington State Republican Party.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=3177 Project Vote Smart - Sen. Benton]</ref>  
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==

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Don Benton
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Washington State Senate District 17
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 17
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
1995-1997
Education
Bachelor'sConcordia University
Associate'sCollege of the Canyons
Personal
BirthdayApril 8, 1957
ProfessionFounder/CEO, The Benton Group
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Don Benton is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996. Beginning in 2013, Benton serves as Deputy Majority Leader.

Benton served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1995 to 1997. He ran for the United States House of Representatives District 3 in 1998, but was not elected.

Biography

Benton earned his A.A. from College of the Canyons. He then graduated cum laude from Concordia University with a B.S. degree in management and communication. Benton has worked as Founder and CEO of The Benton Group since 1988. He was the Co-Founder/President of Santa Clarita Temporaries Incorporated from 1979 to 1983 and was district manager and agent for Farmers Insurance Group from 1981 to 1988. Benton's political experience began with his work as a Republican Precinct Committeeman. In 2000 he served as chair of the Washington State Republican Party.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Financial Institutions & Insurance
Governmental Operations, Vice-chair
Rules
Transportation

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Benton's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs and the economy

  • Excerpt:"I support providing more training and education for displaced workers."

Improving our schools

  • Excerpt:"I support reforms that put more emphasis on classroom instruction and less on administrative bureaucracy."

Holding the line on taxes and spending

  • Excerpt:"I will continue to fight against harmful tax increases."

A clean environment

  • Excerpt:"I support responsible environmental policies that improve our quality of life and that of future generations. The health and safety of our families and communities will always be a major priority for me."

Reducing crime in our community

  • Excerpt:"A couple of years ago, I passed an important bill called the Chelsea Harrison Act, to put away violent offenders who threaten our communities. Violent offenders should receive tough penalties, and our communties should have the resources necessary to protect our families."

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Don Benton endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

Elections

2012

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Benton won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate District 17. Benton was unopposed in the August 7 blanket primary and defeated Tim Probst (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Washington State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Benton Incumbent 50.1% 27,538
     Democratic Tim Probst 49.9% 27,460
Total Votes 54,998

2008

On November 4, 2008, Benton was re-elected for the Seventeenth District of the Washington State Senate receiving 29,426 votes.

Benton raised $303,688 for his campaign.[6]

Washington State Senate, District 17 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Don Benton (R) 29,426
David Carrier (D) 28,111

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2008

In 2008, Benton collected $303,688 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign. [7]

Donor Amount
Washington State Republican Party $10,426
17th Legislative District Republican Central CMTE $5,892
Senate Republican Campaign CMTE of Washington $2,200
Justice PAC $1,600

Scorecards

Freedom Foundation

See also: Freedom Foundation's Big Spender List

The Freedom Foundation releases its Big Spender List annually. The Institute ranks all Washington legislators based on their total proposed tax and fee increases. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator. [8]

2012

Benton proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $51.2 million, the 25th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[9]

Personal

Benton and his wife Mary have four children.

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