Jocelyn Benson

Secretary of State

Jocelyn Benson

Jocelyn Benson is Michigan’s 43rd secretary of state. In this role, she has become one of the nation’s most prominent leaders in ensuring elections are secure and accessible. Benson’s work overseeing Michigan’s 2020 and 2022 general elections earned her national recognition. She also implemented new voting rights for all eligible Michiganders prior to the 2020 election, including the right to vote absentee, and oversaw more than 250 audits after the election, all of which affirmed its integrity and accuracy.

Benson has also transformed the customer service operations of the secretary of state’s office. She doubled the number of services available online, installed more than 160 self-service stations statewide, and ended the take-a-ticket-and-wait system that had resulted in hours-long lines at offices for years.

A graduate of Harvard Law School (MA), Benson served as dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. She continues to serve as vice chair of the advisory board for the Levin Center at Wayne Law, which she founded with former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.