Benjamin Jealous

American civic leader

Benjamin Todd Jealous (born January 18, 1973) is an American civic leader. He is the Democratic nominee for Governor of Maryland in the 2018 gubernatorial election, facing incumbent Larry Hogan. Jealous is also former president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).[1][2]

Benjamin Jealous
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President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
In office
September 1, 2008 – November 1, 2013
Preceded byDennis Courtland Hayes (Acting)
Succeeded byLorraine C. Miller (Acting)
Personal details
Benjamin Todd Jealous

(1973-01-18) January 18, 1973 (age 47)
Pacific Grove, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Lia Epperson
(m. 2002; div. 2015)
EducationColumbia University (BA)
St Antony's College, Oxford (MSc)

Jealous was selected at age 35 as the youngest-ever national leader of the NAACP.[3]

Jealous is a progressive Democrat. He endorsed Bernie Sanders in his 2016 campaign for President.[4]

In the June 2018 primary, Jealous defeated Prince George's County Executive, Rushern Baker, and seven other candidates to become the Democratic nominee in the general election.[5]


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  2. "Former President and CEO of NAACP to Join the Woodrow Wilson School as Visiting Professor and Lecturer". Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  3. Roland, Martin. "35-Year-Old Chosen to Lead the NAACP". CNN. Archived from the original on March 26, 2009. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  4. Alcindor, Yamiche. "Bernie Sanders Gets Backing From Former N.A.A.C.P Chief and a Nevada Union". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  5. "Maryland Primary Election Results". The New York Times. Retrieved June 26, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)

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