Donald M. Benton
Director of Selective Service
U.S. Selective Service System
Senator Donald M. Benton was appointed as the 13th Director of the U.S. Selective Service System by President Donald J. Trump, on April 11, 2017. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito administered his oath of office in the Supreme Court of the United States.
Prior to his appointment, President Trump named him as a Senior White House Advisor where he led the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team and continued as Senior Advisor to the President until his swearing-in as Director of Selective Service.
Director Benton is the son of a Retired Naval Officer and has over thirty years of elected public service.
He served the citizens of Washington state for 20 years in the Washington State Senate. Prior to his election to the Senate he was a member of the Washington State House of Representatives from 1995 to 1997. In 2000, he was elected Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party.
Additionally, he is a past-President of the Jaycees and was an American Red Cross volunteer and Board Chairman for many years. He has been an Assistant Scout Leader and Merit Badge Counselor in the Boy Scouts of America for the last ten years and has two sons who attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
The Director is a graduate of Concordia University where he received his degree in business management and communication. He and his wife have been married for 36 years and have four children.
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