Statement regarding the passing of Duane Benson

Statement from Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership, regarding the passing of Duane Benson:

“Duane Benson represented everything that is good about elected officials and those who engage in politics in Minnesota. As a legislator, he was widely respected on both sides of the aisle and a key figure in passing significant health care reform. As the leader of the Minnesota Business Partnership, he was a skillful and effective voice for Minnesota’s largest employers. And as the head of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation, he brought together educators, legislators and business leaders to develop a first-in-the-nation scholarship system targeted at helping at-risk children get the help they need to be prepared to enter kindergarten. People loved working with Duane because despite his many accomplishments – including his success as a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders – he remained humble and true to his southern Minnesota roots. Smart, funny and always quick with a good story or two, he was truly one of a kind.”