JEN BENSON

Jen Benson is truly committed to public service and understands the power progressive public policy can have on any community. She was first elected to represent the Massachusetts 37th Middlesex District in 2008 and was elected to 6 terms. Jen’s commitment to public education led her to run for the Lunenburg School Committee in 2003, where she served 2 terms and was elected Chair. Jen began her tenure on the board during a difficult time for the schools and was instrumental in rebuilding the relationships between the schools, the town, and other town boards. Jen has also served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Lunenburg Democratic Town Committee, where she re-energized community activists and helped to elect strong leaders to represent the region.

Jen served as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, which considered all matters concerning the direct funding of health care policy and programs, including Medicaid and other public health assistance matters, and the cost of health care in Massachusetts and how that impacts health care access. In the Legislature, Jen also served as chair and vice-chair of several committees including State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, Consumer Protection and Professional licensure, and Community Development and Small Business. She was a member of several caucuses, including:

  • Caucus of Women Legislators
  • Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform Caucus
  • Clean Energy Caucus
  • Library Caucus
  • Special Education Caucus
  • Manufacturing Caucus
  • North Central Mass Caucus

Jen was a member of several state and national legislative organizations, including:

  • Women in Government, Board of Directors
  • National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, Vice-President for Membership
  • National Conference of State Legislatures, Member, Education Committee and Legislative Effectiveness Committee
  • Emerge Massachusetts, Member, Advisory Council
  • Mass-Care, Member, Advisory Board
  • National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Member

Jen and her husband Brent Benson have been married since 1993. Brent works at the Harvard Business School as a Technical Enterprise Architect for the HBX online learning initiative. Jen and Brent have three children, Hannah, Maya, and Noah who attended Lunenburg Public Schools. Jen grew up in Rochester, NH, where she graduated from Spaulding High School. She went on to receive a BA in Art History from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.