Biography of 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 as Assistant Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate. She is a member of
the Budget and Taxation Committee, serves as Chair of the Senate Rules Committee; 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.
Mrs. Benson takes great pride in her forty-year career as an educator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. She
has served in a number of capacities in the school system – Teacher, Facilitator, Master Teacher, Instructional
Support Specialist, Principal, Human Relation Specialist and Parent Involvement Specialist. Mrs. Benson is an
activist and vigorous advocate for children, seniors, families, the disabled, and veterans. She has taken homeless
families into her home. She has assisted in finding homes for the homeless. She has dedicated her entire career to
helping provide personal and academic excellence for children. She assisted in encouraging Governor Glendening to
establish the HOPE Scholarship Fund as well as providing scholarships to students who major in mathematics and
science. Even though she has retired from the school system, she continues to mentor and visit schools.
Mrs. Benson is a passionate Christian woman who cares about and loves people. She believes in the power of love
and prayer, and that you do what the Lord requires. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden. She is
constantly defending, protecting, advocating and fighting for the homeless, hopeless and helpless. She pushes
established rules to the limit to improve the quality of life for people, especially the most vulnerable in our
She has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is a principle-centered leader for all times. She continues to
live by her one maxim: “If I can help somebody as I pass along in this life, then my living will not be in vain."
MD State Senator's Profile
Senate Office Location
James Senate Office Building, Room 201
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3148, (301) 858-3148
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3148 (toll free)
Fax: (410) 841-3149, (301) 858-3149