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Benson, Jocelyn (D)

Secretary of State
Office: 430 W. Allegan Street, 4th Floor, Lansing, MI 48918
Term: First

BB - Binsfeld Building,  BT - Boji Tower,  CB - Capitol Building,  HOB - House Office Building 


Secretary of State Benson won the office in 2018 on her second try.  She fell five percent short on her first run for the office in 2010. 


She is the author of Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process and is a former dean of the Wayne State University Law School. 

Prior to her election, she was serving as CEO and executive director of the Ross Initiative in Sports Equality (RISE), a national non-profit.


Secretary Benson is a graduate of Wellesley College, Harvard Law School and Oxford University.


She is married to Ryan FRIEDRICHS, and the two have a son, Alden. 


Hilarie Chambers

Additional Information

Nonprofit Tied To Dem Redistricting Committee Weighs In On MI Case (06-14-2021)

Whitmer, Benson Seek Sanctions In Election Fraud Case (06-14-2021)

No Water For SOS Branch Office Employees While Lansing Execs Ate Cake (06-14-2021)

GOP SOS Candidate Calls For Arizona-Like Hand Recount In Michigan (06-14-2021)

Bits And Tidbits (06-14-2021)

Supremes Order Canvassers To Approve Unlock MI Signatures (06-11-2021)

Senate Passes 25 Hours Of Walk-In SOS Service (06-10-2021)

Ex-UAW Prez Sent To Prison; Former Asst. AG Pleas; VNP Wants More Time (06-10-2021)

SOS Halving Appointments To 10 Minutes To Thin COVID Backlog (06-08-2021)

Majority MI Voters Believe Pandemic Is Controlled, 38.5% Still Plan On Mask-Wearing (06-07-2021)

Gov, SOS or AG: Who Is Most Vulnerable Of The Three? (06-07-2021)

Republicans Tie Driver License Extensions To Walk-In SOS Visits (06-04-2021)

Bits And Tidbits (06-02-2021)

SOS Asking For $25M In COVID-19 Relief For More Staff, Hours, Appointments (06-01-2021)

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Smith's Candidacy (06-01-2021)

SOS Appointments Are Working, Benson Says; Lawmakers Push For Walk-Ins (05-27-2021)

Road Bonds Would Need Legislative OK Under Panel-Passed Bill (05-26-2021)

Insider Opinions Of Leaders Fell Sharply; Who Will GOP Nominees Be In '22? (05-26-2021)

Insider Opinions Of Leaders Fell Sharply; Who Will GOP Nominees Be In '22? (05-26-2021)

Absentee Ballot ID Requirements Flavor Of The Week In Senate Elections (05-26-2021)

Bits And Tidbits (05-25-2021)

Anuzis: Irregularities? Yes. Election Stolen? No. (05-24-2021)

Former SOS: Months-Long Branch Wait Times 'Unacceptable' (05-20-2021)

Bits And Tidbits (05-20-2021)

Judge Rejects Independent Antrim Election Audit (05-18-2021)

Censure Resolutions Against GOP Officials Fizzling Out (05-14-2021)

Constitutionality Of Law Restricting Petition Drives Back In Court Again (05-14-2021)

Canvassers Reject More Baase Recall Petitions (05-14-2021)

New Legislative Ethics Board Clears Committee (05-11-2021)

Bits And Tidbits (05-06-2021)

Ballot Box Security Highlights Testimony On Senate's Election Bills (05-05-2021)

Unlock MI Seeks Supreme Order Forcing Canvassers To Certify Petitions (04-30-2021)

Detroit Resident Wants Court To Stop Virgil Smith's City Council Bid (04-30-2021)

SOS Will Add More Branch Appointments By Making Them Shorter (04-29-2021)

Filing Claims Shirkey Used Dark Money To Fund Unlock Michigan (04-29-2021)

Local County Clerk: 'No Offense Senators, But We Know Most About Elections' (04-28-2021)

BSC Party Line Vote Rejects Unlock MI's Sigs (04-22-2021)

AG Will Not Charge Duggan, Unlock Michigan Members; Much More News (04-21-2021)

Benson Asks Supremes To Extend Time To Draw New Maps (04-21-2021)

Local Clerks More Relaxed With Senate's Training, Deceased Voter Bills (04-21-2021)

SOS Fears Initiative Signed By The 4% Will Be Thrust On Remaining 96% (04-21-2021)

Former Lawmakers Take Attempt To Overturn Term Limits To Appeals Court (04-16-2021)

Benson: MI GOP Election Reforms More Restrictive Than Georgia Package (04-15-2021)

Redistricting Commission Has 'Work To Do' In Introducing Itself To Public (04-15-2021)

Court Asked To Stop Counting Unlock Michigan's Sigs (04-14-2021)

'Wicked Coven' Unfolds On Capitol Steps (04-14-2021)

McBroom: Benson's Refusal To Meet With Oversight Is 'Perplexing' (04-05-2021)

Will Latest COVID-19 Peak Hurt Whitmer's Political Health? (04-05-2021)

Weiser Removed From Committees As Regents Call For His Resignation (04-02-2021)

AFL-CIO, Emeritus Regents Want Weiser Gone (04-01-2021)

Weiser Roasted For 'Three Witches,' 'Burning At The Stake' Comments (03-26-2021)

What If VNP Operated Without 100-Word Summary? (03-25-2021)

A Look At All 39 GOP Voter Bills; Decried By Dem As 'Lipstick On Jim Crow' (03-24-2021)

Underground Movement Of Discontent Coalescing Over 'Everything' (03-19-2021)

Benson Wants Transparency; Won't Rule Out Future Severance Payments (03-15-2021)

Bits And Tidbits (03-11-2021)

Hertel Asks AG About Required Sex Surgery For Birth Certificate Gender Change (03-10-2021)

The Women Of Michigan: Movers, Shakers and Precedent Changers (03-08-2021)

Redistricting Panel Will Go To MI Supremes To Get New Map-Drawing Deadlines (03-05-2021)

Benson: Stop Lying About Presidential Election Results (03-02-2021)

SOS Online Appts, Self-Service Not Available March 11-16 During System Upgrade (02-22-2021)

Barnes Re-Elected MDP Chair; Solidarity Slate Declares Gains On Central Committee (02-20-2021)

Barnes Re-Elected MDP Chair; Solidarity Slate Declares Gains On Central Committee (02-20-2021)

Daunt Claims Victory In Suit Challenging Accuracy Of Voter Rolls (02-18-2021)

Bits And Tidbits (02-16-2021)

SOS Pilot Audit Affirms Michigan Results, Vote Accuracy (02-12-2021)

Weiser's Alleged Violations Could Include Bribery (02-08-2021)

Weiser, Maddock & Allies Sweep MIGOP Convention (02-08-2021)

Why Did Governor's 'You Better Not' Change Into 'Oh, Go Ahead?' (02-08-2021)

41% Of MI Voters Say Prez Election Results Not Legitimate (02-05-2021)

Why GOP Is Concerned That Cox Reported Alleged Grot Payout To Benson (02-04-2021)

Judge Orders Benson To Turn Over Election-Related Records (02-02-2021)

Yet Another Hearing On Elections Feels Like Groundhog's Day To Clerk (02-02-2021)

Benson, Hall Trade Dueling Election Reform Packages (02-01-2021)

Bits And Tidbits (02-01-2021)

Gov Ends 2020 With $3.5M In The Bank (02-01-2021)

Wayne County Canvasser: 'I Don't Have Proof Of Fraud' (01-28-2021)

Gov Recaps 'Year Of Horribles' But Pledges To 'Fix The Damn Road Ahead' (01-27-2021)

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Term Limits (01-21-2021)

O'Malley Tells Lasinski To Take Her Letter And 'Stuff It' (01-11-2021)

Bits And Tidbits (12-23-2020)

Maddock, Rendon Join Federal Suit To Force Legislatures To Pick Electors (12-22-2020)

Antrim Recount Nets 12 New Trump Votes; Rep. Wants Dominion Dumpster Fire (12-17-2020)

Benson Declines House Oversight Committee Invitation (12-16-2020)

Gordon, Washington Getting Protesters Outside Their Homes (12-16-2020)

Subpoenas Ordered For Detroit, Livonia Clerks (12-15-2020)

Antrim Clerk Confident Audit Will Confirm Election Results (12-15-2020)

Dominion Exec: No, My Company Is Not Tied To Hugo Chavez, Communists (12-15-2020)

Report Alleges 'Intentional' Fraud In Antrim County; AG, SOS Say It's Not Credible Evidence (12-14-2020)

How Soon Will The 2022 Governor’s Race Get Underway? (12-14-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (12-14-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (12-14-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (12-14-2020)

Hall Invites Benson To House Oversight; Dominion Coming To Senate Oversight (12-10-2020)

15 Michigan Reps Tell Supremes To Overturn Biden's Victory (12-10-2020)

Johnson Stripped Of Committees Over 'Make Them Pay' Post (12-09-2020)

Antrim County Getting Hand Recount In SOS's 'Historic' Post-Election Audit (12-09-2020)

Trump Allies Take A Loss At Michigan Supreme Court (12-09-2020)

Hall May Subpoena Dominion; SOS Gives Committee 2,000+ Election Documents (12-09-2020)

Trump Campaign Still Lobbying House On Electoral College; Texas Sues Michigan (12-08-2020)

Two More Election-Related Suits Fail (12-08-2020)

Barry County Sheriff Wants To Stop Deletion Of Election Files (12-07-2020)

Protestors Tell Benson: 'Your Neighbors Will Not Get No Sleep' Until Election Audit (12-07-2020)

Democratic Delegates Certified; Judge Asked To Audit Wayne Co. Elections (12-03-2020)

Is the Gov’s $100 Million Ask A Sure Bet For Passage? (11-30-2020)

New Suit Seeks To Overturn Biden Win (11-30-2020)

Cox Tells Michigan Republicans 'This Fight Is Not Over' (11-23-2020)

Trump Team Calls Certification 'Procedural Step,' No Word From James (11-23-2020)

Case To Stop Detroit Election Certification Hits Dead End (11-23-2020)

Chatfield, Shirkey Going To D.C. To Meet With White House (11-19-2020)

GOP Wayne Canvassers Change Their Minds; SOS Says It's Too Late (11-19-2020)

Lyons, Byrum Offer Election Reform Ideas (11-19-2020)

Lawsuits Challenging MI Election Falling Short (11-17-2020)

Latest Election-Related Suit Seeks To Declare AV Scheme Is Unlawful (11-16-2020)

McBroom: Election Results Likely To Stand (11-13-2020)

Former SOS Johnson Asks For Audit In Election Results (11-12-2020)

Trump Campaign Says New Federal Lawsuit Challenges Michigan's Election Results (11-10-2020)

Election Fraud Suit Filed Against Detroit (11-09-2020)

Trump Team's Appeal in Michigan Stalls (11-09-2020)

Whitmer, Dems Congratulate President-Elect Biden: GOP Legislature Issues Subpoenas (11-07-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (11-06-2020)

McDaniel, Cox Cite Election 'Discrepancies,' Benson & Others Counter 'False Claims' (11-06-2020)

Judge Rejects Trump's Request To Halt AV Counting (11-05-2020)

Trump Campaign: Suit Filed In Michigan Court To Halt Counting (11-04-2020)

Turnout Hits 5.5M+ For New MI Election Record (11-04-2020)

Michigan Sets New Records For AV Returns (11-03-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (11-03-2020)

AG Responds To Report Of Robocall Telling People To Avoid Lines, Vote Tomorrow (11-03-2020)

No Word From MSC On Open-Carry At Polls (11-02-2020)

No Word From MSC On Open-Carry At Polls (11-02-2020)

No Word From MSC On Open-Carry At Polls (11-02-2020)

Good Strategy? Bad Strategy? Nostalgia? Why’s Trump Here So Much? (11-02-2020)

No Less Than 22% Of Registered Voters In Each County Have Voted (11-02-2020)

Court Says No To Gun Ban At Polls Appeal; Says Voter Intimidation Already Illegal (10-29-2020)

Will Detroit's Past Election Woes Add To Presidential Election Uncertainty? (10-29-2020)

Judge Strikes down SOS' Ban Of Open Carry At Polls (10-27-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (10-27-2020)

Nonprofit That Backs Gov's Road Plan Also Backs Anti-Unlock MI Group (10-26-2020)

Suit: 6 Feet Rule For Election Challengers Is Illegal (10-26-2020)

Judge Denies Injunction Against Online, Absentee Voter Ballot System (10-26-2020)

Gun Groups Challenge SOS' Ban Open Carry Firearms At Polls (10-22-2020)

Whitmer Stresses Voting Now; Benson Targets Homeless (10-21-2020)

GOP Senators Claim Benson's COVID Money Went For AV Ballot PR (10-20-2020)

Benson Orders Clerks To Ban Open Carry Firearms From Polls (10-16-2020)

Final Arguments Made On SOS' Online AV Ballot Suit (10-16-2020)

Unlock MI Go To Supremes; Accuses State Of 'Deliberately Delaying' Its Petitions (10-16-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (10-16-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (10-15-2020)

Ballot Postmark Decision Assigned To Appeals Panel (10-09-2020)

Benson Referring GOP To AG For 'Misinformation' On Ballot Drop Boxes (10-07-2020)

Benson: Ballot Counting Won't Finish Until 3 Days After Election (10-06-2020)

Benson Sued After Dem Cities Use Zuckerberg Money For Drop Boxes (10-05-2020)

Robert Davis Goes After Benson Again In Court (10-02-2020)

Unlock Michigan To State: Let Us Help You Count The Signatures (10-02-2020)

Trump Heads To Hospital After Testing COVID-Positive, McDaniel Also Has COVID (10-02-2020)

Legislature Can Intervene In Ballot Postmark Suit; Judge Affirms Prior Rulings (09-30-2020)

2 Former SOS Sue Benson Over Ballot Postmark Deadline (09-29-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (09-29-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (09-29-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (09-28-2020)

Would Secretary Push Gov To Extend AV Pre-Processing Window? (09-25-2020)

Pirich Wants Investigation Into Unlock Michigan (09-24-2020)

Elections Deal Struck; Johnson Objects To Piece Of It; Resolution Causes Flare Up (09-24-2020)

Shirkey Accuses Judge In Ballot Postmark Case Of 'Activism From The Bench' (09-23-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (09-23-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (09-23-2020)

Legislature Wants To Appeal Ballot Postmark Decision (09-22-2020)

Judge: Ballots Postmarked Nov. 2 Can Be Counted 2 Weeks After Election (09-18-2020)

Michigan Looking At Record 76% Voter Participation In November (09-18-2020)

102 Days Avg Time To Process Proposal Sigs; 92 Days Left In Legislative Session (09-17-2020)

Benson Convenes Redistricting Commission For 1st Time (09-17-2020)

Trump Accuses Benson Of Making Ballot Mistake On Purpose, More (09-17-2020)

Appeals Court Says SOS Can Mail Unsolicited AV Applications (09-16-2020)

Whitmer Supports Big Ten Decision To Play Football (09-16-2020)

Benson Wants 7 Days For AV Ballot Processing; Senate Gives Her 10 Hours (09-15-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (09-15-2020)

Unaffiliated Redistricting Commissioner Pledges To Rely On Facts To Draw Lines (09-11-2020)

Record-Setting 2.1M Absentee Ballots Requested So Far (09-10-2020)

Early Ballot Envelope Opening May Happen In '20 As Trial (09-09-2020)

500,000 AV Applications Returned To Secretary Of State (09-09-2020)

500,000 AV Applications Returned To Secretary Of State (09-09-2020)

Nessel: Trump 'Incentivizing People To Commit Crimes' (09-04-2020)

Nessel: Trump 'Incentivizing People To Commit Crimes' (09-04-2020)

Land Subs In GOP In Wayne State Board Race After Dunaskiss Disqualified (09-03-2020)

SOS, Dems Not Thrilled With Bill To Allow Banks To Do SOS Business (09-01-2020)

Robocall To Detroiters Makes Wild Claims About Voting By Mail (08-27-2020)

Voting Booths Opened To Women 100 Years Ago . . . And They're Not Done Yet (08-26-2020)

Candidate Who Lost By 7,122 Votes Upset By Cost Of Recount (08-26-2020)

Indiana Public Interest Group Sues Benson Over Records Denial (08-26-2020)

Benson Promises Plan To Prevent Detroit Election Problems, Blames Legislature In Part (08-26-2020)

Detroit Lions Run Play To Help Benson, City Of Detroit With Election (08-25-2020)

Canvassers Call On Benson, State To Fix Detroit's Elections Before November (08-24-2020)

Opening Absentee Ballot Envelopes Ahead Of Time? Why Not? (08-24-2020)

Benson Tells DNC: 'Zero Difference' In Voting By Mail, Voting Absentee (08-20-2020)

Benson Tells DNC: 'Zero Difference' In Voting By Mail, Voting Absentee (08-20-2020)

Benson Wants Out Of Deposition In Blind Voters' Lawsuit (08-17-2020)

Supremes Say No To Appeals Challenging Voting Requirements (08-15-2020)

Nonprofit Sues Benson Over FOIA Response (08-14-2020)

Nonprofit Sues Benson Over FOIA Response (08-14-2020)

SML Will Keep Working On AV Ballot Opening; Dems' Other Election Ideas; Benson's Postcards (08-13-2020)

SML Will Keep Working On AV Ballot Opening; Dems' Other Election Ideas; Benson's Postcards (08-13-2020)

New Baase-Backed Recalls Against Whitmer, Gilchrist Given OK (08-11-2020)

Judge Considers Towing Owner's Request To Anonymously Distribute Election Material (08-11-2020)

Local Pot Shop Ballot Committees Sue To Get On November Ballot (08-06-2020)

Tuesday Election Breaks Records For August Turnout, Absentees Cast (08-06-2020)

Shirkey Meeting With Benson On Ballot Preparation (08-06-2020)

Benson Calls August Primary A Success; Says She's Ready For November (08-04-2020)

Whitmer Recall Organizer Accused Of Gambling Away Campaign Money (08-03-2020)

Kent County Judge Sues To Get 'Incumbent' By Name On Ballot (07-31-2020)

Supremes Deny Appeal In Suit Challenging Late Ballot Policy (07-31-2020)

Supremes Deny Appeal In Suit Challenging Late Ballot Policy (07-31-2020)

Benson Spars With Senators Over QVF Mailing (07-29-2020)

Former Lawmaker Virgil Smith Suing To Get Pot Ordinance On November Ballot (07-29-2020)

SOS: More Than 1M Absentee Ballots Still Out Week Before Primary (07-28-2020)

Write-In Candidate Wants Permission To Print Election Material Anonymously (07-27-2020)

Local Governments Object To Property Tax Deferment Redux, More Senate News (07-23-2020)

COA Tosses Case Against Proof Of Residency Voting Requirements (07-20-2020)

Appeals Court: Absentee Ballots Due By Election Day To Count (07-14-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (07-08-2020)

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Independent Citizens Redistricting Committee (07-07-2020)

License Renewal, Plate Transfers, Chiropractic Trips, Microbrews Covered In New Laws (07-01-2020)

Blind Justice Tries To Vote Absentee; Turned Away (06-29-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (06-26-2020)

GOP Senators Smack Whitmer Over UIA Logjam; More Senate Floor News (06-25-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (06-25-2020)

Redistricting Pool Whittled To 200 After Excel Spreadsheet Crunching (06-24-2020)

Johnson 'Truly Alarmed' By SOS Run Up To November Election (06-24-2020)

LWV Argues For Absentee Ballots To Be Counted After Election Day (06-18-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (06-18-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (06-18-2020)