Diane Benson is a lifelong Alaska resident and accomplished writer. One of her main strengths is coalition building and organizing people as she demonstrated when she served as International – Cultural Coordinator for the 1996 Arctic Winter Games and as a small business owner dispatching Alaskan talent for feature films and television ads nationally and internationally.
She is an active member in many service organizations including the Alaska Native Sisterhood, Healing Racism in Anchorage Steering Committee, National Congress of American Indians, and the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. In the past, she has also been a member of Alaska Press Women, Chugiak Dog Mushers, and Teamster’s Union Local 959 when she was a truck driver during the construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline.
Diane is the mother of one son who served in the Iraq war until he was severely wounded by a road-side bomb. The time she spent watching her son’s recovery and visiting with other injured veterans at the Army hospital in Germany and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. played a large part in her decision to run for Congressional office and has shaped many of her ideas surrounding the Iraq war, terrorism, homeland security, and Veterans’ benefits.