James Benoit

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James "Jamie" Benoit, Jr. (born 1971) is an American politician from Odenton, Maryland. He is a Democrat. He is a former councilman for the Fourth district of Anne Arundel County, Maryland


Benoit received a BA in History from St. Mary's College of Maryland, a JD from the University of Baltimore, and a Master of Laws from Georgetown University.

A lifelong resident of the Fourth Council District, Benoit was educated at every level of the Anne Arundel County Public School System. Prior to entering private law practice, Benoit served as an officer in the United States Army. He is a graduate of the United States Army Officer Candidate School. Benoit currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of an IT company.

On the County Council, Benoit and County Executive John R. Leopold were credited with leading efforts to preserve the Naval Academy Dairy Farm in Gambrills, Maryland. Benoit had also been a strong advocate of veterans while on the County Council, having sponsored bills into law which created hiring preferences for veterans for County employment and another to treat County employees injured during active duty military service equal to other County employees. Benoit had also frequently sponsored bills aimed at improving the environment.

Previously, he has served on the board of directors of the Piney Orchard Community Association, and has been a member of the Odenton Town Center Oversight Committee.

He replaced Bill D. Burlison, another Democrat, who retired in 2006.

In the 2006 general election, Benoit defeated Republican Party candidate Sid Saab. Benoit captured 12,494 votes for 62% of the vote, while Saab had 7,719 votes for 38% of the vote.


Preceded by
Bill D. Burlison
Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Fourth District Councilman

James Benoit

Succeeded by
Andrew Pruski