Bill McMillen

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William P McMillen
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Libertarian Party of New York
Predecessor: John Clifton
Successor: Werner Hetzner
Libertarian Party of New York
Predecessor: John Francis
Successor: Norma Segal
Personal Details
Birth: (1943-03-25) March 25, 1943 (age 81)
Party: Libertarian Party
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William P. "Bill" McMillen (born March 25, 1943) is a longtime Libertarian Party activist from New York, having joined the Libertarian Party in 1976. He held several positions in the Libertarian Party of New York, including serving as Chair from 1985 to 1989. He was a candidate for statewide office in 1982, 1988, and 1998.


Early Life and Career

McMillen was born on March 25, 1943. He attended Bethlehem Central High School and graduated from there in 1961. He went on to attend Bryant College in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from there in 1964. In 1964, during the Vietnam War, McMillen told the draft board that he would not serve and subsequently told the Federal Judge presiding at his trial that support for the South Vietnamese government was misplaced and that the war was wrong both in its purpose and execution. He was found guilty of willful failure to submit to induction in March 1965 and was incarcerated for a little over two years in federal prison. At the time of his conviction, there were just over 800 U.S. military deaths in the Vietnam conflict which subsequently would grow to more than 58,000 as well as millions of civilian deaths and other civilian and combat casualties.

McMillen worked as a Certified Public Accountant including for several years with his own practice, followed by several CFO and Corporate Controller positions in both for profit and non-profit environments. He also held part time teaching positions for several years.

Libertarian Party

McMillen joined the Libertarian Party in 1976 and was elected Chair of the Libertarian Party of New York from 1985 to 1989. He ran for US Senate in 1988 and 1998. McMillen served as Treasurer of the LPNY from 2002 to 2003.

He was State Coordinator for the Ron Paul campaign in 1988.

He served as Vice-Chair of the Capital District Libertarian Party from 2018 to 2019.

As of 2022, McMillen serves as an At-Large Member of the Albany County Libertarian Party.

Political Campaigns

  • New York Comptroller (1982)
  • US Senate, 1988
  • US Senate, 1998

Organizational Positions

Libertarian Party of New York
  • Chair (1985—1989)
  • At-Large (1996—1997)
  • Treasurer (2002—2003)
  • Member, Platform Committee (1982—1983)
Capital District Libertarian Party
  • Vice-Chair (May 8, 2018—present)
  • Secretary (2016—May 8, 2018)
  • State Representative (1999—2000)
Albany County Libertarian Committee
  • At-Large Member (since June 15, 2019)

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