Judge Daniel A. Benson


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on Feb. 19, 2014. Elected in 2016 and 2022. Current term expires Jan. 2029.


J.D., University of Minnesota School of Law

B.S., University of Minnesota School of Management


Benson Law Office, L.L.C.

Managing attorney, Office of the Seventh Judicial District Public Defender

Assistant Stearns County Attorney

Part-time assistant public defender, Seventh Judicial District

Professional Activities:

MSBA Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist

Member, Minnesota State Forensic Trial Team

Member, Criminal Justice Act Federal Defender Panel

Member, Public Defender DNA Working Group