Tech credentials: Benson was the founder and CEO of Cabletron Systems, a New Hampshire company started in 1983 to build networking equipment. In 2000 Cabletron was split up into four separate companies including Enterasys, which still sells network switching, routing and security products.
Political life: A Republican, Benson was elected governor of New Hampshire in 2002 in a landslide, promising to bring his corporate and technological know-how to state government. But he lost his office in a close election just two years later, becoming the first New Hampshire governor in 78 years to be denied a second term.
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