Jocelyn Benson

Michigan Secretary of State; Fmr Dean of Wayne State University Law School

As Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson oversaw Michigan’s 2020 and 2022 general elections, which drew record-breaking turnout and were more secure than any prior election in state history. In 2020, Benson oversaw more than 250 post-election audits, all of which affirmed electoral integrity and accuracy. Benson has also transformed the customer service operations of the Secretary of State’s office through automation and increased efficiency.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Benson served as dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, where she continues to serve on the advisory board. A recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and the Presidential Citizens Medal, Benson is the author of State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process. She is co-founder and former president of Military Spouses of Michigan, and in 2015, she was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2016, Benson became one of a handful of women who completed the Boston Marathon while 8 months pregnant.