Anna Holliday "Holly" Benson (born June 4, 1971) was a member of the Florida House of Representatives representing District 3. In November 2000, Benson became the first Republican elected to the District 3 seat, succeeding Democrat Dee Dee Ritchie. On December 28, 2006, Florida's Governor-elect Charlie Crist appointed Benson to the position of Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. On December 31, 2006, Benson resigned from the Florida House of Representatives, ending her legislative service to the State of Florida.
Benson was born in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and moved to Pensacola, Florida in 1976. She is the daughter of Lois and Scott Benson. She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School(1989), Dartmouth College (A.B., 1993) and the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida (J.D., 1996). Benson was employed as a municipal bond lawyer, prior to her appointment as Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation in December 2006. In 2008 she was appointed as Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration.
Representative Benson previously served in the Florida House of Representatives as the Chair of the Health and Families Council, as well as Co-Chair of the Select Committee on Medicaid Reform. Benson also chaired the Select Committee on Article V, which was tasked with implementing a 1998 constitutional amendment that required a major overhaul of the Florida state court system.
On December 31, 2006, Benson resigned from the Florida House of Representatives, ending her legislative service to the State of Florida. She was replaced in a special election by Clay Ford.
Previous council and committee memberships
- Health and Family Council (Chair)
- Select Committee on Medicaid Reform (Co-Chair)
- Fiscal Council
- Governmental Operations Committee
- Growth Management Committee
- Health Care Appropriations Committee
- Rules and Calendar Council
Dee Dee Ritchie
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