State Senator, Caledonia DistrictVermont
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Joe BenningState Senator, Caledonia District
Joseph Charles Benning (born December 7, 1956) is an American politician and a Republican member of the Vermont Senate representing Caledonia District since 2011. He served as the Senate's Minority leader from January 2013 to January 2017, when he was succeeded by Dustin Allard Degree. In late 2017, Degree resigned from the Senate, and Benning was again chosen by the Senate's Republicans to serve as Minority Leader.Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, Benning graduated from Mater Dei High School in 1975. He earned a B.A. in Social Science from Lyndon State College in 1979 and a J.D. from the Vermont Law School in 1983. Benning is former Chair of Vermont's Human Rights Commission and former member of the Board of Trustees for the Vermont State Colleges. He was elected to the Vermont Senate in 2010.
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