In 1970 Rev. D. C. Fogleman accepted the pastorate of Emmanuel Pentecostal Church in Livingston, Texas. Along with his family, Benny moved to Livingston and attended the Livingston public schools for three years. In 1973, his family moved to Corrigan, Texas where Benny graduated from Corrigan-Camden High School in 1975. Upon graduation, Benny was named manager of Baskin-Stricklen Department store in Diboll, Tx.
The same year Benny moved to Livingston, he met Delana Stephens, the daughter of the late John H. & Lunell Stephens. In 1976, Benny married his high school sweetheart, Delana, and they have been married for thirty seven years. They have one son, Joshua Fogleman and his wife Christina, and one daughter Jeni Hermes and her husband Curtis Hermes. They have one grandchild that is keeping them young, Mr. Grayson Hermes.
Benny has been active in this community for many years. He is past president of the Livingston Rotary Club and served as President the year they celebrated their fiftieth year as a club in Livingston. The year Benny served as President, the club decided for their fiftieth anniversary that they would construct a park to commemorate the event. Thus the Rotary Park was built that same year and it is located next to Jack in the Box in downtown Livingston. Benny became involved in a toy drive each year and tried to help as many families as possible. The American Legion Riders saw Benny's efforts and blended their support to touch even more families. The American Legion Riders have taken over that event now and are doing a superb job. Each year Benny's district with the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies hosts the Evan Bradford Golf Tournament at Crown Colony. The proceeds from this event are given to the March of Dimes who is searching for a cure for birth defects in children. Four years ago, Benny was asked to join the Livingston Relay for Life Committee. Benny serves as the chairman of the logistics committee and has been involved in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society.
Benny has been involved in Polk County politics for the past eighteen years. When Benny was first appointed to office, there were no elected Republicans in office. There were no Republican election judges; however, there was one alternate judge that got to help with the elections in Polk County. Although ridiculed by many Democrats in those early days, Benny began to attack the "Democrat dynasty" that was entrenched in Polk County. Slowly but surely the "dynasty" began to crumble, and today it hardly exists in Polk County. After the 2014 elections, there are few that believe there will be any Democrat officeholders in Polk County. This has come about by the consistent and determined leadership of our County Chairman, Benny Fogleman.
In 1997, Gov. George W. Bush appointed Benny to the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors. Benny was appointed to a six year term and was finally replaced after serving faithfully for ten years. During his tenure, he served as President of the Trinity River Authority Industrial Development Board. The last year Benny served on the board, the annual budget was in excess of $130,000,000 and the board controlled assets exceeding $1,000,000,000.
Benny is a local businessman that has operated a successful business in our community for many years. Benny is an insurance agent with the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies and has been associated with Farmers for the past thirty two years.