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Secretary of State Candidate, Jocelyn Benson

Jocelyn BensonJocelyn Benson has more than a decade of experience as a national leader in election law and administration. She is the author of Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process, the first major book on their role in enforcing election and campaign finance laws, and promoting fair, accessible and secure elections. Jocelyn is passionate about elections and voting issues as evidenced by her record of having developed and supervised three statewide election protection efforts in Michigan.

Jocelyn has a proven track record of success in leading institutions. As the former dean of Wayne State University Law School she froze tuition, expanded access to scholarship funds for all students, and bolstered the school’s reputation and bar passage rates. She also established programs to promote government oversight, provide free legal services for veterans, and help aspiring entrepreneurs.

Jocelyn recognizes the challenges facing veterans and military families. In 2012, while her husband Ryan Friedrichs served in Afghanistan, she joined with four other military spouses to establish the Military Spouses of Michigan to provide support and services to military spouses and their children.

Jocelyn is currently CEO and Executive Director of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a national nonprofit. She serves on several national boards including the advisory board of iCivics, a non-profit founded by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and dedicated to engaging students in meaningful civic learning.

Jocelyn and her husband reside in Detroit with their 16-month old son, Aiden.