|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
from the 171st district
|Assumed office |
January 7, 1997
|Preceded by||Ruth C. Rudy|
|Alma mater||Pennsylvania State University|
While working as an orderly at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pennsylvania, Benninghoff was appointed as Deputy Coroner of Centre County, Pennsylvania in 1985. In 1991, when Coroner Robert Neff retired, Benninghoff was elected to the office. He was re-elected in 1995.
In 1996, when Rep. Ruth Rudy retired, Benninghoff stepped into the race to succeed her. He defeated Democrat Keith Bierly in the general election that year and has been re-elected to each succeeding session of the House.
In 2018, after being re-elected to the House, Benninghoff was elected by members of the Republican Caucus to serve as House Majority Whip. As Whip, Benninghoff is the third highest ranking Republican in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Benninghoff graduated from State College Area High School and attended Pennsylvania State University from 1980 to 1981. He is also a graduate of the Certified Coroners Training Program of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy.
Benninghoff lives in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He has five children.
- "SESSION OF 1997 - 181ST OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1997-01-07.
- My Linh Nguyen (1993-10-21). "Dealing with the dead". The Daily Collegian. Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
- Sean Kim (1996-11-06). "Benninghoff Takes 171st State House". Centre Daily Times.
- Geoff Rushton (2018-11-14). "Benninghoff Elected House Majority Whip". StateCollege.com.