Don Benton 17th LD
"One of the core functions of a government is to facilitate a great education for it's citizens so that all people have the opportunity to expand their horizons and succeed in whatever way they want to, regardless of income status. Education is the foundation of Liberty."
"The citizens have a right to demand excellence for the amount of their money that is being expended on public education."
Senator Don Benton works hard to create jobs, improve our schools, hold the line on taxes and spending, reduce congestion and keep us safe.
Don's top priority in Olympia is to get our economy moving again. He is working in a bi-partisan fashion to find solutions that help small businesses grow jobs. Don worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to pass much-needed reforms to our unemployment insurance and worker's compensation programs. He believes there is much more work to be done, such as reforming the costly B&O tax, providing incentives for out of state companies to move here and providing regulatory certainty for the private sector.
First elected to the Senate in 1996, Don has received numerous awards for his strong leadership on job creation and community safety. The National Federation of Independent Business frequently awards Sen. Benton with their "Guardian of Small Business" distinction.
Outside of the legislature, Don is CEO of The Benton Group, a sales and business consulting company. Don previously owned a temporary employment agency and worked as an insurance agent.
Don lives in Vancouver with his wife Mary. They have four children.