Ben grew up in Round Rock with deep Texas values: hard work, family, a great education, and a passion for helping others. His parents always put others first. His father Richard was a community college administrator and his mother Kathy was a social worker. He has an older sister, Rosie.
Ben graduated from Round Rock’s Westwood High School in 1997 and studied Education at Texas A&M University (Class of 2001). His passion for service led him to enroll in the Corps of Cadets where students chose him to serve as both Freshman Class President and Student Body Vice President. While at A&M, he met and married his wife, Kristi Bult, from Como, Texas. The Armentas have been married for 24 years and have two children, Lilly and Jack.
From the small town to the big city, Ben and Kristi moved to Houston. Ben finished his studies at the University of Houston-Downtown and became a teacher in Spring, focusing on middle school special education. Since then, Ben has worked in health care non-profit, large oil and gas operations, and high growth start-ups, gaining valuable experience in managing systems and teams.
In 2021 and 2022, Ben was a Republican state-wide candidate for Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas. As a businessman, Ben was the only candidate to outline a robust strategy for addressing coastal flooding issues, increasing transparency for veteran's programs, and creating a clear plan to fully restore the Alamo while never reimagining the history of the Shrine of Texas Liberty.
Along with receiving support from numerous grassroots organizations, Ben was endorsed by the voice of the Alamo City, the San Antonio Express-News and the renowned Save-the-Alamo Committee.
Ben remained active in politics, mentoring Republican candidates and providing commentary to conservatives in his podcast, The Answer with Ben Armenta.