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Benson, Jocelyn (D)

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

Bits And Tidbits (01-16-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (12-23-2019)

Supremes Say No To Request Bypassing COA In Ballot Drives Suit (12-19-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (12-16-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (12-13-2019)

Deb Gagliardi Appointed To LARA Post (12-12-2019)

Benson: 30-Minute Branch Visit Guaranteed -- If You Schedule Ahead (12-12-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (12-02-2019)

Benson's Legal Policy Director Named Next State Elections Director (11-25-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (11-20-2019)

250,000 Voters To Receive Redistricting Commission Application (11-19-2019)

Rule Change Allows Transgender People To Change Gender On License (11-18-2019)

Priorities Files 3rd Suit Challenging Michigan Election Laws (11-15-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (11-15-2019)

State Elections Director To Retire 2 Years After Replacing Thomas (11-14-2019)

Suit Challenges Michigan's Restrictions On Helping Voters (11-13-2019)

Cox Chair Only Wants Trump Listed On GOP Presidential Primary (11-12-2019)

Several Large Counties Saw Higher Turnout Numbers Tuesday (11-06-2019)

Former SOS Johnson Grills Current SOS Benson In Committee (10-30-2019)

Dem-Friendly Group Sues Over Absentee Voters' Signatures Process (10-30-2019)

MSU Trustee Resigns Over Board's Handling Of Nassar Review (10-28-2019)

Gov Raises $459K, Nessel & Benson Combine For $26K (10-25-2019)

Benson's Redistricting Outreach Include TV Ads, Free Notaries (10-24-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-22-2019)

Should 80% Of State Redistricting Commissioners Be White? (10-18-2019)

SOS Seeks Dismissal Of Suit Challenging Redistricting Commission (10-04-2019)

Standing O's for Doug Roberts (10-03-2019)

Ad Board Shuffles $625M In State Funds; Rolls Up AG, MDE Budgets (10-01-2019)

Miller's Opinion Could Be Big Factor In MI-10 (09-26-2019)

Judge Allows 15% Petition Requirement To Remain Unconstitutional (09-25-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (09-20-2019)

Judge Could Decide If 15% Petition Requirement Lives Within 10 Days (09-17-2019)

Republican Party Sues Benson To Stop Redistricting Commission (08-22-2019)

AFL-CIO Asks Benson If It Can Reimburse Companies For PAC Check Off (08-21-2019)

Chambers Moving From SOS To Oakland Executive (08-20-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (08-19-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (08-19-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (08-15-2019)

GOP Sues Benson Over Redistricting Commission (07-30-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (07-09-2019)

Bill Becomes Law Without Gov's Signature; She Cites Concerns (07-01-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (06-03-2019)

Nessel Finds 15% Signature Requirement Unconstitutional (05-22-2019)

Military Voting By Internet Bills Move (05-22-2019)

Picture Of Ballot Now Allowed In Michigan Voting Booths (05-08-2019)

Out-Of-Country Military Could Vote Over The Internet (05-08-2019)

Lawmakers File Notice To Appeal Gerrymandering Decision (04-30-2019)

Lawmakers File Notice To Appeal Gerrymandering Decision (04-30-2019)

Panel Looks At How Much Corporations, Unions Can Put To Fundraiser (04-19-2019)

MRG Shows Michigan Right Track-Wrong Track Number At 36%-47% (04-16-2019)

SOS Reaches Settlement In Ballot Selfie Lawsuit (04-08-2019)

Benson Spox: 'We Inherited A Broken System' (03-22-2019)

Judges Deny Senate, House, Congressional Request To Dismiss Gerrymandering Suit (03-13-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (03-13-2019)

Benson Wants Absentee Ballots Counted Before Election Day (03-06-2019)

Here's Why California Redistricting Panel Valued Public Hearings (03-04-2019)

Judges Allow 475 Pieces Of LWV Evidence In Redistricting Case (03-01-2019)

Benson to Trump: Dial Back Hateful Rhetoric (02-25-2019)

Judge OK's Stay In 'Ballot Selfie' Lawsuit (02-25-2019)

Who's Still Hiring In The Whitmer Administration? (02-22-2019)

Benson Playing Undercover Boss (02-22-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (02-21-2019)

GOP Suggests Gerrymandering Lawsuit Is 'Manufactured' (02-20-2019)

Benson Brings Back Thomas To Lead Prop 3 Advisory Board (02-20-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (02-20-2019)

Benson, BBM Moving On Past $37.5K Fine; Others Are Not (02-15-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (02-11-2019)

Pro-Whitmer Group Fined $37,500 For $2.4M In Improper Ads (02-08-2019)

SOS Revving Up CARS Tech Overhaul Over Presidents Day Weekend (02-08-2019)

GOP Map Drawer Grilled Over Emails As Gerrymandering Trial Concludes (02-07-2019)

Witness: Michigan Elections After 2011 Had 'Extreme' Bias For Republicans (02-05-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (02-05-2019)

Sotomayor Denies Stay In Federal Gerrymandering Lawsuit (02-04-2019)

Convention Bits: Tlaib Pushes Trump Impeachment (02-02-2019)

Judges Deny Benson's Proposed Redistricting Settlement (02-01-2019)

Whitmer Enjoys Good Early Numbers (01-30-2019)

29 House Seats Could Be Impacted In Benson Redistricting (01-28-2019)

Benson's Redistricting Settlement Would Redraw 11 State House Districts (01-25-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (01-24-2019)

Michigan Senators Want To Intervene In Gerrymandering Suit (01-22-2019)

Snyder's MSU Board Pick Gave $4K To Whitmer, $2,500 To Benson (01-22-2019)

Benson Wants Nessel's Opinion On Lame Duck Petition Drive Changes (01-22-2019)