Jennifer E. Benson 186th (2009 - 2010) Representative

D Lunenburg
Jennifer E. Benson


State House
Room 42
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2014
Fax: 617-722-2813
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.90 SD991 For legislation relative to community preservation
H.344 HD653 For legislation to impose a penalty for the devocalization of dogs and cats
H.400 HD2423 That producers and distributors of anti-freeze be required to add bittering agents
S.401 SD1609 For legislation to establish a water infrastructure finance commission
H.605 HD4249 That the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Public Health develop health risk assessment guidelines of proposed school construction sites
S.631 SD292 For legislation to increase recycling by landlords and tenants
H.719 HD1088 For legislation to require that retail stores supply only recyclable paper bags, compostable plastic bags, or reusable bags
H.757 HD3093 For legislation to promote safe alternatives to toxic chemicals
H.798 HD2223 For legislation to prohibit the use plastic bags by retail establishments
H.825 HD1400 Relative to establishing a special water infrastructure finance commission to develop a comprehensive, long-range water infrastructure finance plan for the Commonwealth and its municipalities
H.834 HD3214 Relative to establishing standards for restoring and maintaining stream flows, water levels and hydrologic regimes that protect natural aquatic life in rivers and streams
H.847 HD2945 Relative to exempting cities and towns from fees from the Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act
H.888 HD739 Relative to appeals of motor vehicle insurance surcharges
S.942 SD588 For legislation relative to fire prevention in certain buildings.
S.943 SD596 For legislation relative to the marriage oath for prisoners.
H.1148 HD4351 Relative to the treatment of chronic Lyme disease
H.1175 HD3189 Relative to the eligibility of students for in-state tuition rates and fees at public higher educational institutions
H.1192 HD1983 Relative to promoting local and regional low and moderate income housing
H.1232 HD1191 For legislation to protect tenants in foreclosed properties from evictions
S.1278 SD1169 For legislation to increase the property tax deferral for seniors
H.1319 HD1238 For legislation to provide for abuse prevention order protection for animals
S.1412 SD606 For legislation to promote the development of a renewable energy facility at Devens
S.1413 SD940 For legislation (by the vote of the town) relative to the lease of land by the town of Shirley from the Department of Corrections
S.1490 SD1372 For legislation to amend utility rate hearings
S.1491 SD1539 For legislation to promote utility system reliability.
S.1492 SD1739 For legislation to provide emergency relief for electric customers
S.1493 SD1937 For legislation relative to service quality penalties
S.1494 SD1989 For legislation regarding service outage restoration penalties
S.1687 SD389 For legislation relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
H.1728 HD431 Relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
H.1745 HD3877 For legislation to further regulate the performance of abortions and protecting women’s reproductive health
S.1756 SD1240 For legislation relative to the modernization of optometric patient care
S.1789 SD1878 For legislation relative to dangerous weapons
H.1794 HD385 Relative to employment contracts
H.1815 HD1726 For legislation to require employers to grant paid sick leave days for employees in the Commonwealth
S.1828 SD1130 For legislation relative to community leadership neighborhood revitalization and urban violence protection act of 2009
S.1848 SD1872 For legislation to require commercially reasonable efforts to avoid foreclosure
S.2049 SD2119 For legislation to authorize the Devens Enterprise Commission to grant a license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises
H.2080 HD1708 For legislation to establish a board of registration in midwifery
S.2112 SD2073 For legislation to establish a state emergency response fund
H.2218 HD558 Relative to community leadership, neighborhood-revitalization and urban-violence protection
H.2717 HD3007 Relative to establishing an organ donation registration fund
H.3066 HD3390 For legislation to further regulate utility distribution companies during power outages
H.3087 HD2179 For legislation to regulate the establishment of municipal lighting plants
H.3515 HD1314 Relative to further regulating recycling rates and expanding the bottle bill, so-called
H.3692 HD3303 Relative to tenant protections in foreclosed properties
H.3704 HD2679 Relative to the regulation of animal shelters
H.3809 HD984 Relative to insurance coverage for autism
H.3834 HD1080 For legislation to establish an elderly persons tax relief outreach program for the purposes of assisting elderly residents
H.3844 HD1097 That the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be authorized to issue distinctive registration plates indicating support for an autism trust fund
H.3846 HD3804 For legislation to provide special, non-recurring payments to certain municipalities for the purpose of providing emergency disaster relief due to the ice storm of December 11 and 12, 2008
H.3850 HD4110 Relative to estimated gas and electric bills
H.3851 HD4112 Relative to penalties for failing to comply with Department of Telecommunications and Energy orders
H.3912 HD900 Relative to the establishment of a nursing advisory board within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
H.4429 HD4769 Relative to recreation officers within the Department of Correction
H.4529 HD4871 Relative to defining the dissemination of obscene material
H.4699 HD4948 Relative to the classification of and response to natural gas leaks
H.4730 HD4869 For legislation to restrict calllers from using certain automatic dialing devices for sending informaion to subscribers of telephone services
H.4857 HD5101 Relative to corporate campaign contributions

Jen was elected to represent the Massachusetts 37th Middlesex District on November 4th, 2008. She took office on January 7th, 2009. She was first elected to public office as a member of the Lunenburg School Committee in 2003. She served for over five years on the committee and became the elected Chair. As a state representative, Jen has served as the only freshman member on the Joint Committee on Education and the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.

Jen has been married to Brent Benson since 1993. They have 3 children, Hannah, 16, Maya, 14 and Noah, 10, who all attend the Lunenburg Public Schools. She grew up in Rochester, NH and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Art History.

Personal Information

Profession: Legislator
Spouse: Brent Benson
Children: 3
Pets: Siri, a black Goldendoodle
Interests: hiking, camping, spending time with my family

Career Highlights

  • Enactment of the Utility Accountability Bill (December 2009)
  • Serving on the Education Committee and working on Education Reform 2010

Education & Public Service

  • Florida Atlantic University, BA in Art History, 1995
  • Lunenburg School Committee: 2003-2008; Chair May 2007 to November 2008
  • Lunenburg Democratic Town Committee; current member; Chair 2003 to 2007
  • Represenative Jenifer Benson and Family

Thirty-seventh Middlesex, Consisting of Acton: Precincts 3, 4, 5; Ayer: Precinct 2; Boxborough; Shirley; Harvard (Worcester Co.); Lunenburg: Precincts A, C, D (Worcester Co.).