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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

  • Maryland's 2020 Presidential General Election Tuesday, November 3rd

    Maryland’s primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd Maryland’s Presidential General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd through mail-in ballot, with limited in-person voting available for those who are unable to vote by mail.  To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, we strongly recommend that voters who can vote by mail do so.

    Mail-in voting is another way to vote if you don't want to or can't go to an early voting center or your polling place. Due to the COVID19 outbreak, the State Board of Elections and local board offices are currently closed to the public, therefore making an in-person ballot request is NOT available – Requests must be made online! You choose how you want to receive your mail-in ballot.


    NOTE: A Request for mail-in ballot must be received BEFORE 10/20/2020.
    For more information, please click here.

  • Prince George's County Ballot Drop Off Locations for the 2020 Presidential General Election

    Prince George's County Ballot Drop Off Locations for the 2020 Presidential General Election You can return your ballot by mail or you can drop off your completed, voted ballot at a drop box location in Prince George's County.

    Simply place your completed ballot in the return envelope, sign the oath on the envelope, seal the return envelope and take it to a drop off box in the county. Ballot drop off boxes will be delivered at different times. The drop boxes will be available through Tuesday, November 3rd. Your ballot must be dropped off by 8 pm on Tuesday, November 3rd.

    Please make sure your oath is signed on the return envelope or the ballot will not count. Ballot drop off boxes are monitored and secured by trusted election officials. Ballots are retrieved from the boxes at least twice daily by election officials. The drop off boxes are not property of the United States Postal Service. If you have any questions, please contact your local election office. This list may be updated to include new drop box locations as they become available. For location up dates, go to elections.maryland.gov/2020. This list is subject to change.


    NOTE: Your ballot must be dropped off by 8 pm on Tuesday, November 3rd.
    For more information, please click here.

  • Maryland Census 2020 - Census Update October 2, 2020 RELEASE NUMBER CB20-RTQ.36

    Maryland’s 2020 Census OCT. 2, 2020 – On October 2, 2020, the message below was sent to census takers working on the 2020 Census:

    “As a result of court orders, the October 5, 2020 target date is not operative, and data collection operations will continue through October 31, 2020. Employees should continue to work diligently and enumerate as many people as possible. Contact your supervisor with any questions.”

    Links to the orders from September 24 and October 1 were provided to employees as well. The U.S. Census Bureau is currently updating 2020Census.gov and Census.gov and all external and internal guidance to ensure compliance with the orders.

    Self response to the 2020 Census continues through October 31, 2020. The Census can be completed online, by phone or by mail. Click here to take the Census now.



  • 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

Underemployed? Unemployed?
Do you need help paying your gas and electric bill?


You may be eligible to apply for utility bill assistance through the State Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP). Click here to see current income guidelines.

Apply online at mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us
Apply by Phone: Call 1-800-332-6347 Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm if you need help with an application by phone.
Apply by Mail: No internet access? Call 1-800-332-6347 Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm to request an application by mail.

NOTE: This information was prepared by the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel. Contact: dlinfo_opd@maryland.gov for questions or visit www.opc.maryland.gov for more updates on utilites and resources.

Do you need help to afford food right now?

You may be eligible to apply for financial assistance to purchase food for your household through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Click here to see current income guidelines.

Apply online at mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us
Apply by Phone: Call 1-800-332-6347 Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm if you need help with an application by phone.
Apply by Mail: No internet access? Call 1-800-332-6347 Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm to request an application by mail.



Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, administered by Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)’s Community Planning and Development Division, provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled municipalities and non-profit organizations. The program is intended to develop viable urban communities.

Application & Instructions
The Community Development Block Grant Application (CDBG) and Instructions for Program Year (PY) 46, covering July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, deadline was Friday, October 25, 2019.

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‘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.

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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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End of Session Letter

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