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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June 2024 Coalition Meeting Announcement

The 202 Coalition 2024 June Meeting - Canceled

Please note that our next breakfast meeting will convene on Monday, June 17, 2024, at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 410 Addison Road, South, Capitol Heights, Maryland. We will start at 9:00 a.m. We will have updates from law enforcement, a review of safety tips, and fire prevention tips...

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SHABACH! Ministries on Thursday, June 20, 2024 from 11 am - 1 pm for their Community Grocery Giveaway

SHABACH! Ministries, Inc. Community Grocery Giveaway

Join SHABACH! Ministries on Thursday, June 20, 2024 from 11 am - 1 pm for their Community Grocery Giveaway at Ardmore Park 9222 Ardwick Ardmore Road, Springdale, Maryland 20774.

SHABACH! Ministries, Inc. is non-profit 501(c)3 corporation founded by the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, in Landover area of Prince George’s County is developing dynamic communities by “educating, engaging and empowering.”

​ Offering superior service in early childhood development, academic achievement, and community activities, SHABACH! is committed to delivering meaningful, safe, programs that “educate, engage and empower.” Driven by a spirit of excellence, SHABACH! has developed a core group of services to positively impact our surrounding community through a variety of programs to encourage growth and instill a sense of belonging.

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Old Senate Chamber in Annapolis Maryland

2024 END OF SESSION LETTER

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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Old Senate Chamber in Annapolis Maryland

Why is dementia so prevalent in Maryland, especially in the African American community?

Join us for a virtual discussion about the state of dementia in Maryland, why the prevalence of dementia is so high, and what you can do to lower your risk of developing dementia.

When: Jun 13, 2024, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Why is dementia so prevalent in Maryland, especially in the African American community?
Our expert presenters include: Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., MPH, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the Alzheimer's Association
Lauren J. Parker, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Moderator: The Honorable Rushern L. Baker III, Former County Executive of Prince George’s County, Maryland, President, Baker Strategy Group
Join us for a virtual discussion about the state of dementia in Maryland, why the prevalence of dementia is so high, and what you can do to lower your risk of developing dementia.

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