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Encyclopedia > Craig Benson

Craig Benson (born October 8, 1954) is an American politician and businessman. Benson came to public attention by founding Cabletron Systems, a successful computer-products provider that became one of the largest employers in New Hampshire, and was governor of the state from January 2003 to January 2005. October 8 is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The federal government of the United States was established by the United States Constitution. ... A businessman (sometimes businesswoman, female; or businessperson, gender neutral) is a generic term for a wide range of people engaged in profit-oriented enterprises, generally the management of a company. ... Cabletron Systems was a New Hampshire, USA-based provider of networking computer equipment that provided one of the major hardware boom stories of the dot-com era before succumbing to competition and breaking up into four subsidiarieis in 2000. ... Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 46th 24,239 km² 110 km 305 km 3. ... See also New Hampshire Province of New Hampshire List of Colonial Governors of New Hampshire I am a doodlebug Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of New Hampshire ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Biography

Benson was born in New York City in 1954, where in his childhood he struggled with a speech impediment and severe asthma. After receiving a bachelor's degree in finance from Babson College in 1977, Benson attended Syracuse University, graduating with an MBA in 1979. The Empire State Building (right) and the Chrysler Building (left) are easily recognized symbols of New York City to the world. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Speech disorders are a type of communication disorders where normal speech is disrupted. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three or four years. ... The Reynolds Campus Center at Babson College Babson College, located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is a private business college which grants BS, MS and MBA degrees and offers custom and open enrollment executive education programs. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Syracuse University Syracuse University (SU) is a private American research university. ... Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a tertiary degree in business management. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ...


In 1983, Benson started Cabletron Systems. The company went public in 1989, with what was at the time the largest IPO in Wall Street history. It was dissolved into four separate companies (Enterasys Networks, Aprisma Technologies, Riverstone Networks, and Global Network Technology Services) in January 2000. Within months Cabletron sold its manufacturing operation to Flextronics International for $100 million. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In financial markets, an initial public offering (IPO) is the first sale of a companys common shares to public investors. ... For other uses, see Wall Street (disambiguation). ... Formed in March 2000 as a spin-off of Cabletron Systems, Enterasys Networks is a networking company catering almost exclusively to large enterprises. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


At Cabletron, Benson was known for his aggressive management style. He was forced to pay $2.5 million to a pair of employees after a court found him guilty of two counts of sexual discrimination.


Political career

Benson began running for governor of New Hampshire in 2001, promising to use technology and greater efficiency to save money in state government. Benson was elected governor on November 5, 2002 in an open race to succeed the retiring governor, Jeanne Shaheen. In the primaries, Benson spent more than $15 million, most of it his own money, in an effort to defeat former State Senator Bruce Keough and former U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey to win the Republican nomination, making Benson's victory, in cost per vote, one of the most expensive in American history. November 5 is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 56 days remaining. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official Photo Jeanne Shaheen (born January 28, 1947) was the first woman to be elected governor of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. ... A State Senator is a member of a state Senate, the upper legislative chamber in the government of a U.S. state. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... Gordon John Humphrey (born October 9, 1940) is an American politician, who served two terms in the Senate as a Republican from New Hampshire, from 1979 to 1991, and twice ran for Governor of New Hampshire. ...


In the general election, Benson overwhelmingly defeated Democratic state Senator Mark Fernald, 59 percent to 38 percent. Benson successfully made Fernald's support for a statewide income tax the dominant issue in the race. A general election is an election in which all members of a given political body are up for election. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


As Governor, Benson pushed for state agencies to institute across-the-board budget reductions, and famously used a giant "VETO" stamp to reject a state budget he thought was too large. Benson also championed a successful effort in the legislature to require parental notification for minors seeking an abortion; this law was later challenged in the Supreme Court in the case Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of New England. The supreme court in some countries, provinces, and states, is the highest court in that jurisdiction and functions as a court of last resort whose rulings cannot be appealed. ... Holding that invalidating the statute entirely is not always necessary or justified, for lower courts may be able to render narrower declaratory and injunctive relief. ...


Benson's administration came under criticism for claims of corruption stemming from scandals such as the resignation of Attorney General Peter Heed and the awarding of no-bid contracts to former volunteer Linda Pepin. Benson also frequently used "volunteers" in his office to do gubernatorial work, but would not say who they were or what they did. Reporters discovered that one of these volunteers, former Cabletron employee Angela Blaisdell, was New Hampshire's official liaison with the federal government on homeland security. In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ...


In the 2004 election, he lost to Democratic challenger John Lynch, only the second time in 78 years that an incumbent New Hampshire governor was denied a second term. When the results became apparent, Benson drove home to Rye from his Election Night party, ignoring the traditional speech thanking his staff and supporters for their help. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the governor of New Hampshire. ... Rye is a town located in Rockingham County, New Hampshire. ...


A Catholic, Benson and his wife, Denise, have two children.

Preceded by:
Jeanne Shaheen
Governor of New Hampshire
2003—2005
Succeeded by:
John Lynch

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External links

  • 2002 campaign website
  • National Governors Association profile

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Craig Benson - definition of Craig Benson in Encyclopedia (307 words)
Benson was born in New York City in 1954, where in his childhood he struggled with a speech impediment and severe asthma.
Benson was elected governor on November 5, 2002 in an open race to succeed the retiring governor, Jeanne Shaheen.
Benson's administration came under criticism for claims of corruption stemming from scandals such as the resignation of Attorney General Peter Heed and the awarding of no-bid contracts to former volunteer Linda Pepin.
Craig Benson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (554 words)
Benson came to public attention by founding Cabletron Systems, a successful computer-products provider that became one of the largest employers in New Hampshire, and was governor of the state from January 2003 to January 2005.
Benson also championed a successful effort in the legislature to require parental notification for minors seeking an abortion; this law was later challenged in the Supreme Court in the case Ayotte v.
Benson also frequently used "volunteers" in his office to do gubernatorial work, but would not say who they were or what they did.
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