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Jocelyn BensonDEMDemocrat Secretary of State
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MIResidence (state)

Jocelyn F. Benson (born October 22, 1977) is an American activist, politician, and former academic administrator. She is the 43rd Secretary of State of Michigan. Benson is a former dean of Wayne State University Law School, a co-founder of the Military Spouses of Michigan, and a board member of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality. She is the author of State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process (2010). 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.

Education6 - 6 of 4
Harvard Law School
Wellesley College
Peters Township High School
Magdalen College
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
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
Associate Director
Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights
Michigan Allies Project
Other Experience1 - 6 of 6
Board Member
Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE)
2019 - Current
Michigan Task Force on Women in Sports
2019 - Current
Military Spouses of Michigan
2011 - 2014
iCivics Advisory Board
2013 - Current
Michigan Center for Election Law and Administration
2011 - 2013
ABA's Committee on Election Law