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Mike Benson
Mike Benson.JPG
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 26B
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sEastern University
Master'sEastern University
Personal
BirthdayNovember 9, 1955
ProfessionAssistant Professor, Business Admin.
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Mike Benson (b. November 9, 1955) is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 30B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He also is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Minnesota.


Biography

Benson earned his M.B.A. from Eastern University. His professional experience includes working as an assistant professor of Business Administration at Crossroads College.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries
State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs
Transportation Finance

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Benson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Budget, Economic Development, And Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Mike believes in and will advocate supply-side economics, a major component of the Reagan revolution."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Mike believes that there must be more local control and greater parent involvement in policy formation and curriculum choice. He believes that teachers cannot be called to be substitute parents and parents must be involved in their children’s education."

Environment And Energy

  • Excerpt: "We need to be vigilant to make sure our environmental research and legislation continues to lead the country but without being a drag on the economic prosperity of all Minnesotans."

Health Care

  • Excerpt: "We need to work with and give incentive to all medical providers to duplicate the efforts of our world-class medical institutions, like Mayo Clinic, that are leading the way to reduce costs by digitizing records, paying physicians by salary rather than by procedures, and always putting the patient’s best interest first."

Agriculture

  • Excerpt: "Mike understands how managing the farm has changed. He will work to reduce the taxes, permits, and fees that eat away farm families’ earnings and their ability invest in their future."

Election history

2014

See also: Minnesota's 1st congressional district elections, 2014

Benson is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Minnesota's 1st District. Benson is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[2]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Benson won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 26B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Pat Stallman (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 26B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Benson Incumbent 57.2% 12,427
     Democratic Pat Stallman 42.8% 9,295
Total Votes 21,722

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Benson won election to the District 30B Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Andy Welti (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 30B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Andy Welti (DFL) 8,802 47.55%
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Benson (R) 9,692 52.36%
Write-In 17 0.09%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Benson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Benson raised a total of $48,978 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[6]

Mike Benson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota House, District 26B Won $24,868
2010 Minnesota House, District 30B Won $24,110
Grand Total Raised $48,978

2012

Benson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Benson raised a total of $24,868.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Benson's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$3,845
Republican Party of Minnesota$600
Olmsted County Republican Party of Minnesota$500
Hubbard, Karen$500
Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance$500
Total Raised in 2012$24,868
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Benson raised $24,110 in contributions.[7]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $5,490
Benson, Mike $3,700
Minnesota Republican Party $2,150

Scorecards

Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[8]

2013

Benson received a score of 92% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 34th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[9]

2012

Benson received a score of 100% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 20th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[10]

2011

Benson received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 61st out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [11]

Personal

Benson and his wife, Susan, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Patti Fritz (DFL)
Minnesota State House District 26B
2013- present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Andy Welti (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 30B
2011–2013
Succeeded by
David Fitzsimmons (R)