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Benson, Mike

House 2011-2012 (District 30B); House 2013-2014 (District 26B)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Olmsted, Wabasha

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 11/9/1955
Birth Place: ,
Birth County:
Birth Country:
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Rochester
Occupation (when first elected): Assistant College Professor, Business Administration; and Director of Human Resources, Crossroads College, Rochester

EDUCATION

Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania; B.A.; Organizational Management
Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania; M.B.A.; Business

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Postmaster: Cleveland, Ohio; 19?? to ?
Postmaster: United States Post Office (Employee, Clerk, Manager); 1973 to 2004
Postmaster: Rochester, Minnesota; 1988 to 1995
Postmaster: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 199? to ? [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Susan
Children: Four children: Briana, Holly, and Michele (daughters); James (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican party endorsement for the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District in the 2014 election.

Total Days Served: 1463

SESSIONS SERVED

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 26B
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
Counties Represented: Olmsted
Occupation: Assistant College Professor and Director of Human Resources
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2013 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries Minutes
  • State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs Minutes
  • Transportation Finance Minutes

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 30B
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Rochester
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Olmsted, Wabasha
Occupation: Assistant College Professor, Business Administration; and Director of Human Resources, Crossroads College, Rochester
Party: Republican
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Health and Human Services Reform Minutes
  • Higher Education Policy and Finance Minutes
  • State Government Finance Minutes
  • Transportation Policy and Finance Minutes
Session Interviews
Session Interview (Video) 2011 House Interview


Video
Departing Member Interview (Video) 2014


Articles & Books About
Busse, Nick. "Cutting Through the Red Tape." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, February 4, 2011, p. 17.



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