Dave Walter

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Dave Walter
Libertarian National Committee
Predecessor: Jim Turney
Successor: Mary Gingell
Libertarian National Committee
Predecessor: Vivian Baures
Successor: Sam Treynor
Personal Details
Party: Libertarian Party

David K. "Dave" Walter was National Chair of the Libertarian Party from 1988 to 1991. Previously, he served as Treasurer from 1983 to 1985.


Walter of Pennsylvania became National Chair of the Libertarian Party when then-Chair Jim Turney was forced out at the 1988 Libertarian National Committee meeting in Oklahoma City. He was elected to the position in his own right at the national convention in Philadelphia in 1989, which he had a large part in organizing and staging, with his compatriot Donald Ernsberger and others. Dave served until the 1991 national convention in Chicago and did not stand for re-election.

Walter was one of the three co-founders of the Society for Individual Liberty in 1969, one of the earliest libertarian movement organizations, which grew out of the libertarians who split from the Young Americans for Freedom. He eschewed a role in overt party politics until the mid to late 1980s when he and another SIL co-founder, Donald Ernsberger, decided to give the Libertarian Party a try. Dave was elected Vice-Chair of the LP at the Seattle convention in 1987 and Don was elected to the LNC. Dave's background was in accounting, with broad experience as chief financial officer and other finance roles at large companies. As such, he brought to the positions of Vice-Chair and then Chair of the LP excellent management, financial and people skills.

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Preceded by:
Jim Turney
Libertarian Party National Chair
Succeeded by:
Mary Gingell
Preceded by:
Sharon Ayres
Libertarian Party National Vice Chair
Succeeded by:
David Bergland