American Football Database

Rita Benson LeBlanc, March 2010

Rita (Mae) Benson LeBlanc (born January 11, 1977[1]) is Vice Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.[2] She is the granddaughter of Tom Benson, the principal owner of the Saints.[3]

Born in Houma, Louisiana[4] when her family lived in nearby Cut Off,[5] she was raised on a ranch near Johnson City, Texas, where she attended Lyndon B. Johnson High School[1] before receiving a bachelor of science degree in agribusiness at Texas A&M University. She began interning for the Saints and in various league offices while still in high school, and went to work for the Saints after college.[5][6] In 2003 she took over management of the New Orleans VooDoo, the Arena Football League team also owned by Benson, and was named the indoor league's top executive.[4] (The VooDoo ceased operations in 2008.[7]) In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she began to take on a more public role and greater responsibilities in the management of the Saints.[6] She chairs the NFL Employee Benefits Committee,[2] and she has been publicly identified as Tom Benson's intended successor as principal owner of the team.[8]