National Convention 2020

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2020 Libertarian National Convention
TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch)
Dates: May 21-25, 2020
Location: Austin, Texas
Venue: J.W. Marriott
Website: Website
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The 2020 Libertarian National Convention is the upcoming biannual Libertarian Party National Convention. It will be held on Memorial Day weekend (21-25 May) in Austin, Texas.


The 2020 Convention will include consideration of proposals to amend the Libertarian Party bylaws, consideration of amendments to the Libertarian Party Platform, and election of national officers and other members of the Libertarian National Committee.

Additionally, delegates to the Convention will nominate candidates for President and Vice-President to run on the Libertarian Party ticket in the 2020 United States Presidential election.

Delegates are selected by each of the state affiliates of the Libertarian Party.

The event is also expected to include seminars, forums, debates, discussion groups, and an exhibition hall as indicated by the Request for Proposal.


The three finalist cities for the convention location were:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Phoenix, Arizona.

The location chosen was the Austin JW Marriott.

Delegate Allocation

The following are the number of delegates that were allocated to each affiliate for the 2020 Libertarian National Convention.[1] The affiliates are listed in groups according to the LNC regions which were in effect through this convention; region groupings for the upcoming term may be different.

2020 Libertarian National Convention delegate count by state.
LNC Region 1 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Alaska 6
Arizona 24
Colorado 35
Hawaii 5
Kansas 11
Montana 7
New Mexico 13
Oregon 15
Utah 9
Washington 35
Wyoming 3
LNC Region 2 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Florida 54
Georgia 29
Tennessee 23
LNC Region 3 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Indiana 30
Kentucky 11
Michigan 34
Ohio 45
LNC Region 4 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
California 107
Nevada 13
LNC Region 5 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Delaware 4
Maryland 20
North Carolina 29
Pennsylvania 40
South Carolina 17
Virginia 35
Washington D.C. 3
West Virginia 6
LNC Region 6 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Illinois 37
Iowa 11
Minnesota 20
Missouri 19
Nebraska 8
North Dakota 4
South Dakota 5
Wisconsin 20
LNC Region 7 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Alabama 13
Arkansas 6
Louisiana 13
Oklamhoma 14
Texas 73
LNC Region 8 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Connecticut 13
Maine 8
Massachusetts 22
New Hampshire 11
New Jersey 20
New York 48
Vermont 3
States without Regions Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Idaho 6
Mississippi 6

Supporting Reports and Documents


The following are declared candidates for the elections to take place at the 2020 convention.

None Of The Above is a valid candidate for all positions.[2]


Main article: 2020 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidates

The candidates listed below have met the criteria to be featured on the Libertarian Party* website (as of March 13, 2020).[3]

Name Background State Campaign Announced
Max Abramson New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham District 20
2016 Libertarian Nominee for Governor of New Hampshire
New Hampshire website 30 June 2019
(quit the party March 3, 2020)
Sorinne Ardeleanu Author and Motivational Speaker California website 17 January 2020
Ken Armstrong Former Executive
Former Honolulu County Neighborhood Board
Oregon website 10 May 2019
Daniel Behrman Podcaster and Internet Personality
2014 Libertarian nominee for District 125 of the Texas House of Representatives
Texas website 29 May 2016
Lincoln Chafee 74th Governor of Rhode Island (2011-2015)
US Senator from Rhode Island (1999 to 2007)
Mayor of Warwick, Rhode Island (1993 to 1999)
Wyoming website 5 January 2020[4]
Brian Ellison 2018 Libertarian Party of Michigan nominee for US House Michigan District 8
2018 Candidate for the Libertarian Party of Michigian nomination for US Senate
Michigan website 14 February 2020
Jedi Hill Author and Professional Speaker Ohio website 31 July 2019
Jacob Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation, Founder and President Virginia website 2 November 2019[5]
Jo Jorgensen Psychology Senior Lecturer at Clemson University
1996 Libertarian nominee for Vice President
South Carolina website 13 August 2019
Adam Kokesh Anti-War Activist and Author
2018 Write-in Candidate for U.S. Senate from Arizona
Arizona website 18 July 2013
John Monds 2014 Libertarian Party of Georgia Nominee for Public Service Commission, District 1
2010 Libertarian Party of Georgia nominee for Governor
Georgia website 2 February 2020
James O. Ogle Artist and Mathematician
2012 Candidate for the Libertarian Presidential nomination
California website 02 July 2018
Steve Richey FedEx Courier Hawaii social media page 17 May 2018
Sam Robb
Software Developer and Entrepreneur Pennsylvania website 01 April 2018
Rhett Smith Security Guard
Candidate for the 2016 Libertarian Presidential nomination
Texas website 24 February 2020
Vermin Supreme
(running mate- Spike Cohen)
Performance Artist and Activist
Candidate for President since 1992
Massachusetts website 28 May 2018
Louis Dean Vanacore Engineer Florida website 8 February 2020
Arvin Vohra Former Libertarian National Committee Vice-Chair (2014-2018)
Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate from Maryland in 2018
Maryland website 03 July 2018
1996 Libertarian Candidate for Vermont State Senate
California website 17 December 2019[6]

* Candidates must meet the following criteria to be listed on the Libertarian Party Website:
1. Must have filed FEC-2 with the Federal Election Commission
2. The candidate is a sustaining member of the national LP
3. The candidate is legally qualified to hold the office and must be registered as Libertarian (if their home state has registration by party)
4. The candidate must have a functional website and/or Facebook page that can be linked from
5. The candidate has professional quality photos, especially a head shot and at least a one minute video with audio of the candidate speaking .
6. The candidate must have a dedicated campaign manager
7. The candidate must use the word “Libertarian” in his or her campaign materials


Name Background State Campaign Announced
Craig Bowden Author and Activist
2018 Libertarian Party of Utah nominee for United States Senate
Utah social media page 6 March 2020[7]
Spike Cohen
(running mate of Vermin Supreme)
Muddied Waters Media Co-Owner South Carolina website 14 December 2019 [8]
John McAfee Former CEO of McAfee Inc.
2016 Candidate for the Libertarian Presidential nomination
Tennessee website 4 March 2020[9]
Jeff Wood Libertarian Party of Michigan District 8 Representative
2018 Candidate for Libertarian Party of Michigan Gubernatorial Nomination
Michigan website 03 June 2018
Name Background State Campaign Announced Withdrew
John Phillips
(running mate of Kim Ruff)
Libertarian National Committee Region 6 Representative
Libertarian Party of Macon County Chair
Illinois website 06 July 2018 11 January 2020[10]

LNC Chair

Name Background State
Joe Bishop-Henchman[11] LNC At-Large Representative Washington DC
Mike Shipley[12] Libertarian Party of Arizona 2nd Vice-Chair Arizona
Joshua Smith[13] LNC At-Large Representative California
Name Background State Withdrew
Todd Hagopian[14] Businessman Oklahoma 5 December 2019

LNC Vice Chair

Name Background State
Richard Longstreth[16] LNC Region 1 Representative Arizona
Ken Moellman[17] former Libertarian Party of Kentucky Treasurer Kentucky

LNC Secretary

Name Background State
Brian Ellison[19] 2018 Libertarian Party of Michigan nominee for US House Michigan District 8
2018 Candidate for the Libertarian Party of Michigian nomination for US Senate
Caryn Ann Harlos[20] Incumbent LNC Secretary
former Region 1 Representative (2016-2018)

LNC Treasurer

Name Background State
Tim Hagan Incumbent LNC Treasurer
Libertarian Party of Nevada Treasurer

LNC At-Large Representative

All five At-Large representative seats are up for election.

Name Background State
Sam Goldstein[21] LNC At-Large Representative Indiana
Paige Sexton[22] LNC Regional Alternate Tennessee

LNC Region 1

Name Background State
Craig Bowden[23] former LNC Region 1 Alternate Representative Utah