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Libertarian Party
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General Information
Chartered: December 11, 1971
Officers
Chair: Joe Bishop-Henchman
Vice-Chair: Ken Moellman
Secretary: Caryn Ann Harlos
Treasurer: Tim Hagan
Contact
Address: 1444 Duke St. Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Website: Website
Social Media
Facebook: Facebook
Twitter: Twitter

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 Organize 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[1] 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.

History

Main Article: History of the Libertarian Party

Current LNC Officers

Main Article: Libertarian National Committee


Position Name
Chair Joe Bishop-Henchman
Vice-Chair Ken Moellman
Secretary Caryn Ann Harlos
Treasurer Tim Hagan
Regions (see below)

Regional Representatives

Region Representative Alternate States/Areas
1 Francis Wendt Chris Luchini Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
2 Steven Nekhaila David Sexton Florida, Georgia, Tennessee
3 Dustin Nanna Jared Hall Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio
4 Jeffrey Hewitt Tim Ferreria California
5 Susan Hogarth David Valente North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC, South Carolina
6 John Phillips Jr. Matt Bughman Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, South Dakota
7 Whitney Bilyeu Erin Adams Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas
8 Tucker Coburn Rich Bowen Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont
At-Large Valerie Sarwark
At-Large Laura Ebke
At-Large Joshua Smith
At-Large Eric Raudsep
At-Large Richard Longstreth

(No Region- Idaho, Mississippi)

Party Logos

Party Registration

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 only include active voters, when that number is known.

There are 32 jurisdictions that allow registration by party. Rhode Island is the only state to allow voter registration by party, but has never allowed Libertarian registration.

Party Registration by Year
1980 1982 1984 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Alabama
Alaska 1,282 3,226 6,871 7,228 7,258 8,787 6,926 8,984 7,719 7,182 7,557 7,442 6,958
Arizona 2,839 3,721 3,965 4,937 4,632 5,299 7,574 18,418 17,466 12,576 14,259 18,261 17,446 18,153 24,382 22,086 26,589 31,358 31,583 38,385
Arkansas 322 403 618
California 86,193 73,434 64,297 53,267 49,075 50,782 71,148 69,951 77,675 82,079 94,937 90,495 89,617 84,093 83,574 91,111 108,736 120,804 139,805 149,095 196,108
Colorado 576 753 1,033 1,258 1,660 1,942 2,420 3,201 4,259 5,543 6,078 6,555 11,075 10,549 19,585 26,746 37,880 39,979 41,803
Connecticut 29 70 149 653 741 789 840 987 1,295 1,603 1,780 2,561 2,980 3,270
Delaware 198 227 166 344 466 566 648 738 762 776 756 756 858 908 1,116 1,519 1,716 1,977
D. C. 510 918 1,374 2,079
Florida 650 1,336 1,516 2,909 3,585 5,509 7,037 9,462 11,852 13,806 15,533 16,883 17,888 19,892 23,665 28,287 32,843 39,538
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho 1,312 3,856 5,229 7,425 10,450
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa 762 1,416 2,203 4,632 8,366 13,018 13,013
Kansas 531 4,204 5,508 9,829 9,773 9,973 9,416 9,432 9,038 9,786 10,088 11,373 12,993 15,556 17,618 20,353
Kentucky 341 997 1,661 2,615 4,418 7,456 9,099 13,511
Louisiana 175 219 325 360 691 1,016 1,170 1,432 2,541 2,669 3,877 6,889 10,478 14,088 14,730 23,406
Maine 1,048 5,616 6,255
Maryland 328 350 2,692 3,785 4,021 6,578 2,626 4,390 7,058 8,996 11,289 14,771 19,343 22,190 14,848
Massachusetts 204 333 8,157 7,610 16,071 20,578 23,900 19,253 12,534 15,857 13,336 10,920 8,846 15,787 19,097
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska 214 91 52 194 234 70 1,790 3,402 4,716 472 333 3,164 5,719 11,214 14,707 17,882
Nevada 676 1,003 911 692 739 1,125 2,315 2,847 3,833 4,819 4,715 4,891 6,240 6,088 6,776 6,807 8,448 9,739 13,381 15,588 17,833
New Hampshire 3,289 3,330 3,207 3,207 689
New Jersey 208 448 543 1,023 1,387 1,899 2,490 5,405 11,040 18,709
New Mexico 123 190 1,407 1,183 3,787 4,974 2,805 2,172 2,240 3,541 3,129 5,714 9,440 12,390
New York 362 941 1,395 2,419 3,874 5,376 7,128 7,675 20,298
North Carolina 489 560 677 1,472 2,585 4,740 6,909 8,912 12,831 3,637 9,254 19,321 25,650 32,333 37,431 46,363
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma 875 444 141 703 286 689 3,599 8,675 14,902
Oregon 3,800 10,102 11,946 13,663 12,929 16,971 15,306 13,736 13,469 15,157 17,460 18,432 19,944 21,932
Pennsylvania 4,408 13,770 23,095 30,248 34,258 36,070 36,509 38,031 36,353 47,501 48,966 44,848 40,324 Feb
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota 346 469 656 924 1,074 1,148 1,091 1,168 1,059 1,080 1,126 1,377 1,620 1,835 2,324
Tennessee
Texas
Utah 1,836 2,556 2,904 2,639 4,110 5,494 7,226 11,728 13,815 18,445
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia 420 964 1,360 1,448 1,854 4,679 6,431 8,797
Wisconsin
Wyoming 54 75 78 53 181 229 246 281 328 452 878 1,288 1,139 1,862 1,615 2,183 2,012
Total 92,760 78,158 73,166 54,712 57,247 60,010 100,561 102,298 162,545 182,513 224,676 207,489 259,439 235,850 242,456 278,740 330,510 399,843 500,521 567,838 687,625
Change From Preceding Period -14,602 -4,992 -18,454 2,535 2,763 40,551 1,737 60,247 19,968 42,163 -17,187 51,950 -23,589 6,606 36,284 51,770 69,333 100,678 67,317 119,787
% In Reporting Jurisdictions 0.21% 0.23% 0.28% 0.32% 0.34% 0.34% 0.30% 0.30% 0.26% 0.30% 0.33% 0.40% 0.45% 0.50% 0.58%
Jurisdictions Reporting 11 3 13 3 7 7 18 14 19 20 21 21 23 21 24 25 26 27 30 31 29
1980 1982 1984 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020

National Conventions

Yearly Conventions (1972-1979)
Year Date(s) Venue City
1972 June 15-18 Denver, Colorado
1973 June 8-10 Strongsville, Ohio
1974 June Irving, Texas
1975 August Statler-Hilton Hotel New York, New York
1976 September 23-26 Washington DC
1977 July 12-17 Palace Hotel San Francisco
1978 September Copley Plaza Hotel Boston, Massachusetts
1979 Bonaventure Hotel Los Angeles, California
Biannual, Odd Years (1981-1993)
1981 Denver, Colorado
1983 Sheraton Centre New York, New York
1985 Phoenix, Arizona
1987 September Seattle, Washington
1989 Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel Seattle, Washington
1991 August Chicago, Illinois
1993 Salt Lake City, Utah
Biannual, Even Years (1996-present)
1996 July 3-7 Hyatt Regency Washington DC
1998 Washington DC
2000 June 30-July 4 Anaheim, California
2002 July 3-7 Indianapolis, Indiana
2004 May 27-31 Mariott Marquis Hotel Atlanta, Georgia
2006 July 1-2 Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Portland, Oregon
2008 May 22-26 Sheraton Denver Denver, Colorado
2010 May 28-31 Renaissance Hotel St. Louis, Missouri
2012 May 4-6 Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada
2014 June 26-29 Hyatt Regency Cleveland, Ohio
2016 May 26-30 Rosen Centre Hotel & Resort Orlando, Florida
2018 June 30-July 3 Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Louisiana
2020 May 22; July 8-12 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Florida
2022* May 26-29 Nugget Casino Resort Reno, Nevada

*Upcoming Convention

See Also

Notes

  1. http://lpedia.org/Mickey%2C_Me_and_the_LP
  2. Often referred to as the "Chicken on a Stick" or "Flaming Chicken"