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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Important Notice: Postponement of 2023 November and December Coalition Meetings

Important Notice: Postponement of 2023 November and December Coalition Meetings

We have postponed the 2023 November and December Coalition meetings, originally scheduled to be held at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church. The rescheduled meetings will now take place in January 2024, at the same location. We understand the importance of these gatherings for updating and informing our community about essential resources and information. with disabilities.

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Evening Reception You're Invited!

Join the Friends of Joanne C. Benson, Member, Senate Budget & Taxation Committee, for an Evening Reception with Special Guests Senate President Bill Ferguson & Senator Guy Guzzone.

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
The Gold Room at The James R. Cousins, Jr. Municipal Building
8600 Glenarden Pkwy Glenarden, MD 20706

Please click the button below to contribute securely online or make checks payable to:
Friends of Joanne C. Benson c/o Rice Consulting
17 W. Courtland St, Suite 210
Bel Air, Maryland 21014

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OHEP Energy assistance guidelines change

The Office of Home Energy Programs has increased the income guidelines for two of their four grants. If you need help with your home energy bill, you may consider applying for assistance through the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP). OHEP offers four different grants, and you apply for all four of these grants on one application.

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