Mr. Benson was born in Watonga, Oklahoma, on October 13, 1946. He graduated from Watonga High School in 1964.
He served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1964 until 1971. He obtained
a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Business Administration and minoring in
English from Southwestern State College, Weatherford, Oklahoma, in 1974. In 1976
he began his legal practice as a Legal Intern with the Oklahoma City University Legal
Aid Society, and during 1977 and 1978, he worked as a Legal Intern with the Attorney
General of the State of Oklahoma.