Congressional District #1
Legislative District #31B
Term Dates: July 1, 2010-June 30, 2016
Duane Benson, Lanesboro, was appointed as one of five commissioners of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority by Governor Mark Dayton in June 2012. He was the executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership from 1994 to 2003. Benson served in the Minnesota Senate from 1980 to 1994 and was the Senate Minority Leader for a period during that time. He graduated with honors from Hamline University. Benson was drafted into the NFL and played 11 seasons as a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Houston Oilers.
He continues to own and operate a cattle farm outside of Lanesboro and is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations.
A resident of the First Congressional District, Benson was first appointed to the Board of Trustees by Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2004. He was reappointed by Governor Pawlenty in 2010 for a six-year term ending on June 30, 2016.