Meet Mrs. Benson

Joanne C. Benson was elected in 1991 to The House of Delegates of the Maryland General Assembly to represent Prince George’s County’s 24th Legislative District. In 2011 she was elected to serve as the 24th District’s first female Senator. Senator Benson currently serves in the Senate Leadership as Majority Whip. She is a member of the Budget and Taxation Committee, serves on the Joint Committees on Education, Business and Administration, Pensions, Audit and Evaluations, Children, Youth and Families; Ending Homelessness; Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight; and has been appointed to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. She also is a member of the Women Legislators of Maryland and the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.

Joanne C. Benson was born in Roanoke, Virginia. She is the daughter of the Reverend and Mrs. William Claybon. She is one of a patrician line of six --- four sisters and one brother. Her family relocated early on to Hagerstown, Maryland where she attended public schools and graduated from South Hagerstown High School. Mrs. Benson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bowie State University and a Master of Arts Degree from Catholic University. She believes that education is one of the most powerful tools anyone could possess. She is a constant proponent for the strongest quality education for all Prince George’s County’s children.

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The Emergency Rental Assistance Program application closes April 30th!

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program application closes April 30th!

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program application closes April 30th! If you or someone you know is having trouble paying rent, mortgage, check to see if you meet the eligibility requirements: One or more individuals within the household have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship during or due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak. One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and The household has a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI). Households with income at or below 50 percent of the AMI or those who are unemployed and have been unemployed for 90 days are prioritized for assistance. Must be a resident of Prince George’s County. Click here to apply!

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On Monday, April 8, 2024, at midnight, the 446th Legislative Session concluded, and I am deeply grateful for your contributions as we endeavor to uplift and enhance the 24th Legislative District and County. Undoubtedly, the decisions made in Annapolis are complex and require extensive thought and deliberation....

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