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Greetings Constituents and Friends:

With pleasure I welcome you to the 24th Legislative District website. I am pleased to be your Senator as we continue to “raise the bar” of prosperity.

Our goal is to keep you informed regarding those issues which impact our community and state. If you wish to share your thoughts, please don’t hesitate to let us know. In addition, I am available to visit your meetings to provide information or assist with any problems you may have.

You may contact my office at 301-858-3148 or by emailing me at joanne.benson@senate.state.md.us. Thanks for your unwavering support and attention.

Yours truly,

Joanne C. Benson

Upcoming Events

  • Stand Up & Deliver - Tuesday, July 28th, Thursday, July 30th, and Friday, July 31st - 10 am to 12 pm

    For more information, please click here.

  • OCR C.A.R.E. Kit Giveaway - Friday, July 31st - 10 am to 12 pm

    OCR C.A.R.E. Kit Giveaway The Office of Community Relations is providing OCR C.A.R.E. Kits to single mothers and fathers in Prince George's County. This event provides essential items and resources to single parents.

    For more information, please click here.

  • NOTE: The April 27, 2020, May 18, 2020, and June 22, 2020 meetings have been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
    The 202 Coalition Meets WHEN: Every Fourth Monday Of The Month

    The 202 Coalition meets every fourth Monday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church at 410 Addison Road South, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. Contact my office at 301-858-3148 to find out more or email jterry@senate.state.md.us to be added to our mailing list.

In The Community

Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week is August 9-15

Maryland Retailers Association offers scholarships to students who have helped small businesses keep the lights on

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (July 23, 2020) - In a year that has been anything but normal, Comptroller Peter Franchot reminds Marylanders that one thing remains the same: Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week begins Sunday, August 9th with big savings for customers, scholarship opportunities for college and trade school students and a catalyst to spur sales for retailers.

From August 9-15, any single qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less – regardless of how many items are purchased at the same time – will be exempt from the state's six percent sales tax. The first $40 of any backpack purchase is also tax free.


Entries may be submitted via email to shopmdtaxfree@marylandtaxes.gov or they can be posted on the tax-free week's social media pages: Shop Maryland Tax Free on Facebook and @shopmdtaxfree on Twitter and Instagram. Business owners, parents, colleagues and friends are encouraged to submit a nomination. Students may also self-nominate

The University System of Maryland has agreed to match the $1,000 scholarship award if a student attending one of their universities is selected as the first place winner. Administrators at Stevenson University, Hood College and the Maryland Institute for College Art (MICA) have also agreed to match the $1,000 first place prize if one of their students is selected.

MRA, which is providing the scholarship money, will select the two entries that best exhibit a young Marylander supporting a small business during these challenging times.

For more information about Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, visit www.marylandtaxes.gov, hover over the "News" tab and click on Comptroller Initiatives. There, you can find a list of tax-exempt items, a list of frequently asked questions and some helpful facts for shoppers and merchants.

‘A triumph of hope’: Maryland leaders welcome home man sentence at age 15 - The Washington Post

Rachel Chason - Monday, July 8th 2019

Curtis Brooks had been out of prison in Colorado for one week when he arrived at a church in suburban Maryland on Monday, doling out hugs and posing for pictures with U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and state Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George’s).

He’d spent the past 24 years behind bars, after being sentenced to life without parole for his involvement at age 15 in a carjacking that led to a fatal shooting in Aurora, Colo. Another boy pulled the trigger.


Maryland state Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George’s) gives Curtis Brooks, her former pupil, a pat on the head as he returns to Maryland after serving 24 years in prison in Colorado. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
Maryland state Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George’s) gives Curtis Brooks, her former pupil, a pat on the head as he returns to Maryland after serving 24 years in prison in Colorado. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
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Benson’s Bio

Joanne C. Benson was elected in 1991 to The House of Delegates

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