|Chartered:||December 11, 1971|
|Vice Chair:||Arvin Vohra|
|Address:||1444 Duke St. Alexandria, Virginia 22314|
The Libertarian Party is a United States political party founded in 1971. The LP is the largest third party in the United States.
The Libertarian Party was founded on the basic ideas of Libertarianism. This philosophy is rooted in the Non-Aggression Principle and ideas such as Self-Ownership, The Ownership of Property, and the Objectivist notion of man as a heroic being.
Founded by David Nolan and several of his colleagues, the LP has grown to considerable size, reaching more than 4 million votes in the 2016 presidential election, and is the first party to have a female candidate on its presidential ticket receive an electoral vote. In 2006, over 13,400,000 votes were cast for Libertarian candidates.
The LP runs on a grassroots Jeffersonian ideal where individuals take the stand. The party has people from all political breeds, and has many variations on it's main ideas, yet the major ideas hold true.
Founding and Early Years
In 1971, the Committee to Form a Libertarian Party was established to determine if a new political party was needed, or if one of the existing political parties was suitable. It has been documented that Richard Nixon's 90 day price and wage freeze in August of that year was a deciding factor in the decision to form the LP.
On 11 December, the committee pulled the trigger, and the committee was replaced by the Libertarian Party. Notice was published in Reason Magazine and possibly other places, which helped efforts to bootstrap the party going into its First National Convention.
At the Denver convention, Ed Carlson proposed a Statement of Principles, and the final draft was a minor variation of one proposed by John Hospers. It was expected that other planks would be routinely removed from the platform as they ceased to be timely or relevant. The Libertarian National Committee was set up, Susan Nolan was elected national chair, and the first national ticket was John Hospers for President and Tonie Nathan for Vice President.
While the Libertarian Party soon discovered the hard way how difficult it was to get on ballots, its presence on two states was adequate to attract the attention of an unhappy Republican elector, Roger MacBride, who gave the Hospers/Nathan ticket his vote, making Tonie Nathan the first woman and the first ethnic Jew to receive an electoral vote.
Main Article: History of the Libertarian Party
Current LNC Officers
Main Article: Libertarian National Committee
|Vice Chair||Arvin Vohra|
|1||Caryn Ann Harlos||Craig Bowden||Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, Utah, Washington, Wyoming|
|2||Ed Marsh||Steven Nekhaila||Florida, Georgia, Tennessee|
|3||Elizabeth Van Horn||Dustin Nanna||Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio|
|4||Jeffery Hewitt||Kenneth Olsen||California, Nevada|
|5||Jim Lark||Steve Scheetz||North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC|
|6||David Demarest||Sean O'Toole||Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin|
|7||Whitney Bilyeu||Erin Adams||Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas|
|8||Justin O'Donnell||Alex Merced||Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont|
"Torch Eagle" logo used since 2015
Voter registration statistics as reported by various state government web sites, Ballot Access News, and dehnbase.org/lpus/library/registration.html
These voter registration statistics are not year end numbers. Although some states report statistics monthly, others only report them in even years, in the three week period between mid October and the November general election. In order to create the most accurate snapshot of the number registered Libertarians nationally, all numbers come from within that three week period. If more than one number was reported within that period, the number closest to the general election was used.
Some states report both active voters and inactive voters. The numbers below exclude inactive voters.
There are 32 jurisdictions that allow registration by party. The New Hampshire LP became a ballot qualified party in November, 2016, which once again allowed voters in that state to register as Libertarians. The sole remaining state to allow voter registration by party, but not allow Libertarian registration, is Rhode Island.
- Libertarians Stance on Issues
- Memoir Mickey, Me and the LP by D. Frank Robinson, regarding early formation of the party.
- Affectionately known among rank and file members as the "Chicken on a Stick" or "Flaming Chicken"