Bette Rose Smith

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Bette Rose Smith
Chair
Libertarian Party of Colorado
1999—2001
Predecessor: Michele Bethke
Successor: John Berntson
Personal Details
Residence: Colorado
Party: Libertarian Party

BetteRose Smith was Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado from 1999 to 2001. She joined the Libertarian Party in 1979. During her college days, she worked to get the Libertarian option on the state voter registration.

BetteRose volunteered at the Libertarian Party of Colorado in 1992 and became a board member in 1994 (Fundraising director).

BetteRose married Tony Ryan in 2001 and is now known as BetteRose Ryan.

Organizational Positions

Libertarian Party of Colorado
  • Chair (1999-2001)
  • Fundraising Director (2020)
  • Fundraising Chair (1994 - 1999)
  • Libertarian National Committee Region 1 Alternate (1996 - 1998)
  • Libertarian National Committee Region 1 Representative ( 1998 - 2000)
  • Libertarian National Committee At-Large Representative (2002 -2004)
  • National Convention Committee 2004, 2012, 2016 (Chair), 2018 (interim chair), 2020(interim chair)
  • National Convention 2008 Co-owned, with Michele Poague, the business which produced this convention
  • Candidate for Lt. Governor of South Dakota
  • State Conventions 7 conventions from 1998 to 2021; four of which were privately produced by BetteRose (Smith) Ryan and Michele (Bethke) Poague with no cost to the Colorado party.
  • Awarded National's Thomas Jefferson Leadership Award 2016
  • State Awards: Lexington Lifetime Achievement 2001; 5 Minuteman medals; Grassroots Award
  • National Committees - Platform (2020)
  • State Committee - Constitution and Bylaws (2021)