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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

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

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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)

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House Candidates, Activist Make Case Challenging Absentee Ballot Application Mailings (06-16-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (06-15-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (06-10-2020)

Benson Talk To Panel Ends Without Questions; Chair Calls It 'Inappropriate' (06-09-2020)

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Senate OKs Allowing Election Inspectors To Work In Shifts (06-04-2020)

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Snyder On 'Flattening Curve,' And Using Our Brains; More COVID-19 News (05-28-2020)

Kent Clerk Says Secretary Benson Has 'Activist Agenda' (05-27-2020)

Judge Allows Republicans' Intervention In Democratic-Friendly Group's Lawsuit (05-26-2020)

Fair & Equal Asks Court For Lower Sig Threshold Day Before Deadline (05-26-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (05-26-2020)

Lawsuit Challenges Michigan's Absentee Ballot Deadline (05-22-2020)

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Nessel: Trump No Longer Welcome In Michigan (05-21-2020)

Benson Mailing 5.7M Voters Absentee Applications For August, November Elections (05-19-2020)

Visually Impaired Voters Win Accessible AV Ballots (05-19-2020)

Fed Judge Tells SOS To Implement New Sig Requirement; Filing Deadline (05-07-2020)

Benson 'Inspired' After Pulling Off Mostly Mail-In Election Without Major Issue (05-06-2020)

Voters Break Turnout Record For May Elections; 0.1% Voted In-Person (05-05-2020)

Blind To Receive May 5 Ballot They Can Use (05-01-2020)

What Gov Said When Asked If She'd Withdraw From VP Speculation; More COVID-19 News (05-01-2020)

Senator Calls May 5 Election 'A Disaster;' SOS Urges Her To Quit 'Fear Mongering' (04-23-2020)

Nearly 3,000 State Employees Laid Off For 10 Days, Saving $5M (04-22-2020)

Gov Cancels COVID Contact Tracing Contract Tied To Dem Data Firm (04-21-2020)

State Agrees To Signature-Matching Reforms (04-21-2020)

Judge: Candidates Need 50% Of Signatures For August Primary; Extends Deadline To May 8 (04-20-2020)

May 5 Filing Deadline Offered To Suing Congressional Candidate (04-10-2020)

Candidate Files Suit For Ballot Access; Opponent Spox: He 'Doesn't Have His Shit Together' (04-01-2020)

Census Completion Connected To Combating COVID-19 (04-01-2020)

Legislature Can Intervene 'Signature Match' Suit (03-25-2020)

Johnson Urges May Elections Be Scrapped (03-19-2020)

Graduated Income Tax Folks Want To Collect Signatures Electronically (03-19-2020)

Two Corrections Employees Test Positive For Coronavirus As Cases Hit 65 (03-17-2020)

Fate Of Redistricting Commission Make-Up In Hands Of 6th Circuit Court (03-17-2020)

25 In Michigan Confirmed To Have Coronavirus (03-13-2020)

Thousands Of College Kids Clog Clerk Offices To Register On Election Day (03-11-2020)

Stricter Ballot Initiative Rules Are In Michigan Supreme Court's Hands (03-11-2020)

Settlement Lets Cited Motorists Know Of Community Service Option (03-06-2020)

Benson: Expect Late MI Prez Primary Election Results (03-05-2020)

Bill To Allow Military To Return Ballots By Email Advances (03-04-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (02-27-2020)

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Gov, AG, Legislative Leaders Wade Into Wayne State Conflict (02-26-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (02-24-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (02-20-2020)

SML Against Open Absentee Ballots Early; House OK With Joint Counting Boards (02-19-2020)

Benson, Clerks To Legislature: Don't OK Ballot Qs Within 75 Days Of Election (02-12-2020)

Gov Supports Benson As 'Expert;' GOP Call Out 'Chaos' In SOS Branches (02-12-2020)

Tensions At SOS Branches Boil Over Into Threats, Violence At Staff (02-07-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (02-07-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (02-03-2020)

Whitmer Raises Another $743K For $1.3M War Chest (01-31-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (01-30-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (01-29-2020)

Appeals Court Strikes Down PA 608 As Unconstitutional (01-27-2020)

'Ballot Selfies' Are Not Supposed To Include A Self (01-22-2020)

Tesla Can Sell To Michigan Customers, But Sales Must Occur Out-Of-State (01-22-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (01-16-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (12-23-2019)

Judge Lowers Signature Requirement For Independent Candidates -- Temporarily (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 (12-16-2019)

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)

eNotary, Online Registration Unveiled By SoS On Cyber Monday (12-02-2019)

New SoS Self-Service Stations Replacing Old Kiosks (11-27-2019)

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)

Trump Not Alone On GOP Side Of MI Prez Primary; 18 Dems Listed (11-08-2019)

It May Be Time To Chuck The Tabs (11-08-2019)

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)

Duggan: Staffers' Made 'Mistake' In Deleting Emails; Orders Retraining (10-22-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-22-2019)

Supremes Throw Out Gerrymandering Case (10-21-2019)

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

Slocum: 'Exploring My Options' On Congress (10-16-2019)

MSU Coach Suzy Merchant Among 16 Named To Task Force (10-14-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-09-2019)

You Won't Be Able To Board A Plane With A Driver License A Year From Today (10-08-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-08-2019)

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

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

Harvest Gathering Campaign Kicks Off (10-02-2019)

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

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)

Nessel, Benson Announce Felony Charges Against Southfield Clerk (09-23-2019)

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)

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