Jocelyn Benson
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Jocelyn Benson

Democrat

Secretary of State

Michigan

Addresses

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Department
430 West Allegan Street Richard H. Austin Building, 4th Floor
Lansing, MI. 48918
Department
Michigan Department of State Mailing Address:
Lansing, MI. 48918
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Jocelyn Benson

Secretary of State
Summary
Experience
44
Years of Age
2
Years of Experience
MIResidence (state)

Jocelyn Benson (born October 22, 1977) is an American Democratic Party politician serving as the 43rd Secretary of State of Michigan since 2019. She is a former dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, a co-founder of the Military Spouses of Michigan and a board member of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality. She is also the author of State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process. On November 6, 2018, Benson was elected as Michigan’s Secretary of State, becoming the first Democrat to hold the office since Richard H. Austin left office in 1995.

Experience

Education

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Harvard Law School
Wellesley College
Peters Township High School
Magdalen College

Past Positions

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Secretary of State
State of Michigan
2019 - Current
Chief Executive Officer
Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE)
2016 - 2018
Dean of Law School
Wayne State University
2012 - 2016
Associate Professor
Wayne State University Law School
2005 - 2012
Law Clerk
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
2004 - 2005
Voting Rights Policy Coordinator
Harvard Civil Rights Project
2002 - 2004
Summer Associate
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Incorporated
2003
Associate Director
Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights
Director
Michigan Allies Project

Other Experience

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Board Member
Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE)
2019 - Current
Chair
Michigan Task Force on Women in Sports
2019 - Current
Co-Founder
Military Spouses of Michigan
2011 - 2014
Member
iCivics Advisory Board
2013 - Current
Director
Michigan Center for Election Law and Administration
2011 - 2013
Member
ABA's Committee on Election Law