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Benson, Jocelyn (D)

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 


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 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)

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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)

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

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Bits And Tidbits (09-29-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (09-28-2020)

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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)

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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

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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)

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

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Bits And Tidbits (06-26-2020)

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Bits And Tidbits (06-25-2020)

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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)

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

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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)

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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)

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Bits And Tidbits (01-30-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (01-29-2020)

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

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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)