Pat Wright was Chair of the Libertarian Party of California 1991-1993. He also ran for US House in 1984, for State Assembly in 1986 and 1992, and for Lt. Governor in 2002.
Born in San Diego, he grew up in the coastal North County. Early on he was influenced by his mother's support of Barry Goldwater. He became disillusioned by President Nixon's corruption and the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam war. In the 1970's he became involved with the United Farmworker's Union where he realized that the government doesn't really help the poor. In junior college he was exposed to the World's Smallest Political Quiz and realized that he was a Libertarian. He became active in Ed Clark’s 1980 presidential campaign and realized that he was pretty good at political organizing. As chair of the San Diego county LP - and later the California LP - he oversaw record membership growth.
Pat Wright was interviewed by Patrick Nicholson November 8, 2022.
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