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Tim Benson

Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.

Tim Benson ( joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.

His responsibilities include interacting with elected officials and staff on a variety of issues; tracking state legislative trends; and drafting responses to emerging issues via talking points, news releases, and op-ed pieces, with the goal of educating legislators and informing them about free-market ideas.

Prior to joining Heartland, Benson worked for the Foundation for Government Accountability as an editor and writer. He also authored a regular column for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, served as one of the directors of a multinational smartphone app, and worked as field director on a U.S. congressional campaign. His work has appeared in The Hill, The Washington Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, The American Spectator, Real Clear Policy, and many other publications across the country. He is also the co-author of the Heartland Policy Brief  “Saving Chicago Students: Strike Vouchers and SOS Accounts.”

Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Benson attended the University of Florida and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. His 16 years of living in the Sunshine State have left him wary of facing the harsh Chicago winters, while his 14 years of living in New Jersey have left him wary of eating Chicago-style pizza.

Recent Articles and Publications

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August 16, 2018
By Tim Benson
Fights, Weapons Possessions, Racial Tensions Among Host Of Problems Reported Less Often In Private Schools
August 13, 2018
By Tim Benson
Two new peer-reviewed studies show hydraulic fracturing to produce oil and natural gas is not contaminating groundwater in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania.
August 3, 2018
By Tim Benson
Delaware Public Schools Failing To Educate Half Of Students To Grad-Level Proficiency In Math, ELA
July 27, 2018
By Tim Benson
Bill Allows Interdistrict Transfer For Bullied Public School Students
July 25, 2018
By Tim Benson
Half Of Parents Making Under $50,000 A Year Fear For Their Child's Safety While In School
June 27, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Peter Ferrara, Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, Larry Sand, Robert G. Holland
“The Supreme Court has freed millions of American workers from manipulation by union bosses that misrepresent their interests.” - Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
June 27, 2018
By Tim Benson
A peer-reviewed study from researchers at the University of Cincinnati shows the hydraulic fracturing process, commonly referred to as “fracking,” is not contaminating groundwater in the Utica Shale region of Ohio.
June 26, 2018
By Tim Benson
Tom Steyer, a billionaire former hedge fund manager from San Francisco has all the passion and fiery proselytistic zeal of those who have experienced a Pauline-like conversion.

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