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Benson, Jocelyn (D)

Governor
Office: 430 W. Allegan Street, 4th Floor, Lansing, MI 48918
Term: First
Website: www.michigan.gov/sos

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


POLITICAL CAREER

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. 

WORK EXPERIENCE

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.

EDUCATION

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

PERSONAL

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

LEAD STAFF PERSON:

Hilarie Chambers

Additional Information


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)

Fill Out Census, Or MI Loses Fed Funding . . . To Ohio (02-26-2020)

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)

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)