National Convention 1979

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1979 Libertarian National Convention
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Dates: 1979
Location: Los Angeles, California
Venue: Bonaventure Hotel
← 1978 1981 →

The 1979 Libertarian Party National Convention took place September 6–9 in Los Angeles California at the Bonaventure Hotel. The slogan was "Toward a Three-Party System." The program noted that credentialed delegates were limited to approximately 600. (See National Convention 1979 Delegates List for known delegates.)

Convention Officials


Panels and Workshops


Peter Breggin of the Advocates for Self-Government was not listed on the speakers' list but he gave a presentation entitled Communicating with Liberals that can be found here.


Wednesday, Sept. 5
Thursday, Sept. 6
  • Constitution & Bylaws Debate
  • 8 Featured Speakers
  • 4 Panels
  • Libertarian Night at Disneyland
Friday, Sept. 7
  • Platform Debate
  • 8 Featured Speakers
  • 4 Panels
  • Celebrity Cocktail Party
  • Three Party Party
Saturday, Sept. 8
  • Balloting for Libertarian Presidential ticket
  • 4 Featured Speakers
  • 3 Panels
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Presidential Banquet
Sunday, Sept. 9
  • Election of National LP Officers
  • Election of National Committee
  • 7 Featured Speakers
  • 4 Panels

Presidential and Vice-Presidential Nominations

Ed Clark and David H Koch were nominated for U.S. President and Vice-President. David Koch pledged $500,000 of his personal funds to the Libertarian campaign (see Document:Letter 22 August 1979 from David Koch to Convention Delegates). The other main presidential candidate was Bill Hunscher.

Convention Button

Coverage of Convention

LNC Elections

Bylaws Debate Issues

  • Limiting National Committee members ability to run as a candidate to only the Libertarian Party and not any other Party
  • Wording and duration of including the past chair on the LNC
  • Regional divisions


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