A history of public service
Jen Benson was first elected to represent the Massachusetts 37th Middlesex District in 2008. She was elected to a sixth term in 2018.
Jen’s commitment to public education led her to run for the Lunenburg School Committee in 2003, where she served for over five years 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.
- As a member of the Lunenburg School Committee, Jen brought the schools and town together to create a balanced budget for five straight years, while also improving the test scores of students.
- As Chair of the School Committee, Jen was responsible for a budget of $15 million and worked effectively as liaison to the Finance Committee and member of the Capital Planning Committee.
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 is the Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, which considers all matters concerning the direct funding of health care policy and programs, including Medicaid, MassHealth, and other public health assistance matters.
In the Legislature, Jen is 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 is 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
Family and Education
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 attended Rochester Public Schools. She went on to receive a BA in Art History from Florida Atlantic University and a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.