- Daniel R. Benson
Daniel R. "Dan" Benson (born November 22, 1975) is an American Democratic Party politician who serves in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 14th legislative district. Benson, who previously served on the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, replaced Assemblywoman Linda R. Greenstein, after she was elected to the New Jersey Senate in a special election. He was sworn in on January 10, 2011 to fill Greenstein's vacant Assembly seat.
Benson received a B.S degree from Georgetown University, studying physics and government, and a Master of Public Policy degree from Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, studying science and technology policy.
He was elected to the Hamilton Township Council in 2002, becoming the youngest elected councilman in Hamilton's history. He served on the council until 2005, when he gave up his seat to run for the New Jersey General Assembly. Benson lost the Assembly race, finishing behind the incumbents, Republican Bill Baroni and Democrat Linda R. Greenstein.
In 2008, Benson was elected to serve on the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders. When Greenstein won a special election to fill the remainder of Baroni's Senate term in November 2010, Benson ran for the vacant seat. On January 8, 2011, Benson was selected by a Democratic convention of Mercer and Middlesex counties to replace Greenstein. He was sworn in on January 10.
Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 14th District for the 2010-2011 Legislative Session are:
- ^ "Assemblyman Benson's legislative page". New Jersey Legislature. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/bio.asp?Leg=332. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
- ^ Hester, Tom (2011-01-10). "Democrat Daniel Benson sworn in as N.J. Assembly member". NewJerseyNewsroom. http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/democrat-daniel-benson-sworn-in-as-nj-assembly-member. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
- ^ "Benson will take a break". PolitickerNJ. 2005-11-29. http://www.politickernj.com/benson-will-take-break. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
- ^ Duffy, Erin (2011-01-09). "Mercer freeholder Dan Benson chosen to fill 14th District Assembly seat". The Times (Trenton). http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2011/01/mercer_freeholder_dan_benson_c.html. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
New Jersey General Assembly Preceded by
Linda R. Greenstein
New Jersey State Assemblyman - District 14
January 10, 2011 - present
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