Dave Benning (R-CA-30)

Dave Benning California District 30

Mr. Benning is no longer a candidate for Congress. The following statement is from his website “With sadness I report that I am not planning on running for office in 2012. Although I am still studying and considering some of the Los Angeles area seats it appears that this is not the right time and place for me to run. I have decided to put my efforts into supporting other local candidates and in volunteering for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.”
Biography from Benning For Congress

Dave Benning will bring to Congress his extensive experience and know-how in business, community service, and life, along with his personal knowledge of the community. He looks forward to creating effective solutions to our country’s current economic and job crisis, limiting government spending, and establishing a sensible national security policy.

As a successful business owner and software engineer, Dave has consulted over the past 25 years with hundreds of businesses throughout the country, providing them with computer-based solutions to business problems. A life-long problem solver and out-of-the-box thinker (starting at age twelve when he designed, built, and sold solar power panels for transistor radios), Dave was instrumental in the startup company General Meters Corporation as Vice President of Engineering. He helped to grow the company and create jobs for thirty employees in Calabasas.

Dave then co-founded another company:  Integrated Data Systems (IDS), which provided consulting and computer software solutions for a wide range of businesses, from mom and pop shops to many larger organizations, such as Walt Disney Company, Texaco Corporation, Public Storage, and Cape Canaveral. In 2005 IDS merged with Online Resources, a public company based in the Washington D.C. area and Dave continued to work for Online Resources as Vice President of Custom Solutions Development, delivering Internet banking services and software to community banks and credit unions.

Dave Benning is also an active leader in the community Elected to the steering committee for the creation of the Woodland Hills/Warner Center Neighborhood Council, Dave served for nearly two years to create the bylaws, earn certification, and organize the first official elections. Dave served as the grassroots campaign chair in the 30th Congressional District for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign and as the campaign manager for Armineh Chelebian’s bid for the 40th State Assembly seat in 2008. Globally-minded, Dave has also been a long-time supporter of Mentors International, an organization that provides business training, mentoring, and microfinance services to struggling entrepreneurs in developing nations. Dave has also served as Vice President of the local chapter of the Marriott School of Management Society, which promotes ethical business practices. An Eagle Scout, Dave was a Boy Scout leader for fifteen years (including five as Scoutmaster).

A multi-talented as well as very likeable person, Dave is also a pilot, flight instructor, scuba diver, marathon runner, triathlete, and inventor.  A wonderful father, Dave and his wife of 27 years (Kelly Cohen Benning) are San Fernando Valley natives and have raised their three daughters in Woodland Hills.

A man of high integrity and intellect, Dave Benning has solid, practical business and leadership experience that will serve us well in Congress.

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