A history of public service
Jen Benson was first elected to represent the Massachusetts 37th Middlesex District on November 4th, 2008 and was sworn into office on January 7, 2009.
Jen’s commitment to public education led her to run for the Lunenburg School Committee in 2003. She served for over five years on the committee 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 the 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 education and 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.
- As member of the Primary School Building Committee, Jen worked with architects, builders, and town officials to build an outstanding new school while completing the project on budget.
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 State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, which considers matters concerning competitive bidding on public contracts, public construction, open meeting laws, state regulations, state agencies, lobbyists’ reporting laws and other matters as may be referred.
In the Legislature, Jen is a member of many caucuses, including:
- Caucus of Women Legislators
- Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform Caucus
- Library Caucus
- Special Education Caucus
- Small Business Caucus
- Manufacturing Caucus
- Progressive 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 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 an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.