Holly Benson

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Anna Holliday Benson
Holly Benson.jpg
Florida Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration
Candidate for Florida Attorney General
Assumed office
2008
Political party Republican
Website Official Holly Benson for Florida Attorney General Campaign website
Anna Holliday "Holly" Benson (born June 4, 1971, in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina) is a former member of the Florida House of Representatives and former Secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. On October 30, 2009, she announced her candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, the seat being vacated by Republican Bill McCollum, who is running for governor, in the 2010 election. [1]

Education

  • Graduated from Booker T. Washington High School (1989)
  • Bachelor's degree, Dartmouth College (1993)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Florida College of Law (1996)

Political career

During her six year tenure in the Florida House of Representatives, Benson chaired the Health & Family Services Policy Council and co-chaired the Select Committee on Medicaid Reform. Additionally, she was also a member of Fiscal Council, the Government Operations Appropriations Committee, the Growth Management Committee, the Health Care Appropriations Committee, and the Rules & Calendar Council. On December 26, 2006, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Benson as Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation; four days later, she resigned from the Florida House of Representatives. In February 2008, she was named by Crist as Secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

Political issues

Gay adoption

In late-May 2010, Benson reaffirmed her support of the decision made by the Florida State Legislature to bar same-sex couples from adopting; so far, Florida is the only state in the Union to take such action. The former state representative argued that the measure was based on the argument that the "best home for every child is a two-parent household where there’s a father and a mother" and that she feels perfectly comfortably backing that position. [2]

Illegal immigration

Benson sharply criticized the Los Angeles City Council after it voted to boycott businesses from Arizona over the state's controversial immigration measure, Senate Bill 1070 - The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, more commonly known as Arizona SB 1070. Scheduled to take effect on July 28, 2010, the legislation makes it a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying proper citizenship papers required by federal law, authorizes state and local law enforcement of federal immigration laws, and cracks down on those sheltering, hiring and transporting illegal aliens into the United States. The former state representative rebuked the council's charges of racial profiling, arguing that the new law "is about protecting our borders and ensuring that immigrants living and working in our country are doing so legally," not racial discrimination. [3]

Other roles

  • Treasurer, Arts Council of Northwest Florida (1997-1998)
  • Advocacy Chair, Arts Council of Northwest Florida (1998-1999)
  • Founder/Chair, Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Festival (1998-present)
  • Founder/Chair, Culture Club Monthly Arts Social (1999)
  • Secretary, Arts Council of Northwest Florida (1999-2000)
  • Member, Bay Day (2000-present)
  • Member, Pensacola Downtown Rotary Club
  • Member, Women's Advisory Council at the Sacred Heart Hospital

Campaign contributions

2006 Race for Florida House of Representatives, District 3 - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $378,495
Total Raised by Primary Opponent N/A
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent $13,769
Top 5 Contributors Hospital Corp. of America $3,000 (0.79% of Total)
Florida Hospital Association $2,500 (0.66%)
Wellcare Health Plans $2,500 (0.66%)
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association $2,000 (0.53%)
Florida Association of Realtors $2,000 (0.53%)
Individuals v. Institutions $133,692 (35.3%)
$237,623 (62.8%)
In v. Outside State $326,866 (87.7%)
$45,950 (12.3%)

Electoral history

2000

2000 Race for Florida House of Representatives, District 3 - Republican Primary [4]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Holly Benson (R) 57.7%
Ed Anderson (R) 24.5%
Gerald McKenzie (R) 17.8%
Total votes 5,716
2000 Race for Florida House of Representatives, District 3 - General Election [5]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Holly Benson (R) 53.1%
John H. Wyche (D) 46.9%
Total votes 37,844

2002

2002 Race for Florida House of Representatives, District 3 - General Election [6]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Holly Benson (R) 82.3%
Tom Petrone (Libertarian) 17.7%
Total votes 38,919

2004

2004 Race for Florida House of Representatives, District 3 - General Election [7]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Holly Benson (R) 99.9%
Andy Roberts (WRI) 0.1%
Total votes 48,910

2006

2006 Race for Florida House of Representatives, District 3 - General Election [8]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Holly Benson (R) 62.4%
Elizabeth Campbell (D) 37.6%
Total votes 37,879

2010

See also: Florida Attorney General election, 2010

Awards

  • Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year (1999) from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives
  • Legislative Leadership Award (2001) from the Public Land and Trust
  • Legislative Award (2001) from the American Heart Association
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2002) from the Florida Medical Association
  • Legislative Award (2002) from the American Cancer Society
  • President's Legislative Award (2003) from the Florida Bar
  • Medical Group Management Association Award (2003)
  • Escambia County Award of Appreciation (2003)
  • Service Award (2003) from the American Heart Association
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2004) from the Northwest Florida League of Cities
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2005) from the Florida Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2005) from the Florida Osteopathic Medical Society
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2006) from NAMI

Contact information

Florida

Campaign address:
Holly Benson for Florida Attorney General
PO Box 998
Tallahassee, Florida 32302

Phone: (850) 224-3800

External links

References


Political offices
Preceded by
DeeDee Ritchie
Florida House of Representatives - District 3
2000–2006
Succeeded by
Clay Ford