Libertarian Party (United States)

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The Libertarian Party (LP) is a political party in the United States that promotes civil liberties, non-interventionism, laissez-faire capitalism, and limiting the size and scope of government.wikipedia
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David Nolan (libertarian)

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The party was conceived in August 1971 at meetings in the home of David F. Nolan in Westminster, Colorado, and was officially formed on December 11, 1971 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He was one of the founders of the Libertarian Party of the United States, having hosted the meeting in 1971 at which the Party was founded.

Political parties in the United States

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The Libertarian Party (LP) is a political party in the United States that promotes civil liberties, non-interventionism, laissez-faire capitalism, and limiting the size and scope of government.
The largest third party since the 1980s has been the Libertarian Party.

Gary Johnson

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Gary Johnson, the party's presidential nominee in 2012 and 2016, states that the Libertarian Party is more culturally liberal than Democrats, and more fiscally conservative than Republicans.
He was the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 and 2016 elections.

Libertarian National Convention

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The first Libertarian National Convention was held in June 1972.
The Libertarian National Convention is held every two years by the Libertarian Party (United States) to choose members of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), and to conduct other party business.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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The party was conceived in August 1971 at meetings in the home of David F. Nolan in Westminster, Colorado, and was officially formed on December 11, 1971 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Libertarian Party was founded within the city in the 1970s.

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In 1996, the Libertarian Party became the first third party to earn ballot status in all 50 states two presidential elections in a row.
The Libertarian Party has appeared on the ballot in at least 46 states in every election since 1980, except for 1984 when David Bergland gained access in only 36 states.

John Hospers

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Tonie Nathan, running as the Libertarian Party's vice presidential candidate in the 1972 presidential election with John Hospers as the presidential candidate, was the first female candidate in the United States to receive an electoral vote. The first Libertarian presidential candidate, John Hospers, received one electoral vote in 1972 when Roger MacBride, a Virginia Republican faithless elector pledged to Richard Nixon, cast his ballot for the Libertarian ticket.
In 1972, Hospers became the first presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party, and was the only minor party candidate to receive an electoral vote in that year's U.S. presidential election.

List of United States state legislatures

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Though the party has never won a seat in the United States Congress, it has seen electoral success in the context of state legislatures and other local offices.

Libertarian National Committee

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The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) is a 27-member body including alternates, or 17 voting members and is currently chaired by Nicholas Sarwark.
The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) controls and manages the affairs, properties, and funds of the United States Libertarian Party.

Dick Randolph

In 1978, Dick Randolph of Alaska became the first elected Libertarian state legislator.
Richard L. "Dick" Randolph (born April 10, 1936) is a longtime insurance agency owner in Fairbanks, Alaska who is best known as the first person to be elected to partisan office under the banner of the Libertarian Party with his election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1978.

Max Abramson

In July 2016 and June 2017, the Libertarians tied their 1992 peak of four legislators when four state legislators from four different states left the Republican Party to join the Libertarian Party: Nevada Assemblyman John Moore in January, Nebraska Senator Laura Ebke (although the Nebraska Legislature is officially non-partisan) and New Hampshire Representative Max Abramson in May and Utah Senator Mark B. Madsen in July.
Albert "Max" Abramson (born April 29, 1976) is an American politician currently serving as a Libertarian member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Rockingham District 20 (Hampton Falls, Seabrook).

Ron Paul

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Ron Paul, one of the former presidential nominees of the Libertarian Party in 1988, is strictly pro-life.
On three occasions, he sought the presidency of the United States: as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988 and as a candidate in the Republican primaries of 2008 and 2012.

Nicholas Sarwark

The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) is a 27-member body including alternates, or 17 voting members and is currently chaired by Nicholas Sarwark.
Nicholas J. Sarwark (born August 27, 1979) is the 19th and current chair of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), the executive body of the Libertarian Party (LP) of the United States.

2012 United States presidential election

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Gary Johnson, the party's presidential nominee in 2012 and 2016, states that the Libertarian Party is more culturally liberal than Democrats, and more fiscally conservative than Republicans. In the 2012 presidential election, Johnson and running mate Jim Gray received 1,275,821 votes (1%).
Around the same time, Johnson, who had been able to get into only one other debate, withdrew to seek the Libertarian Party nomination.

Libertarian pledge

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Since the Libertarian Party's inception, individuals have been able to join the party as voting members by signing their agreement with the organization's membership pledge, which states that the signer does not advocate the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals.
The Libertarian pledge, a statement individuals must sign in order to join the Libertarian Party of the United States, declares, "I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals."

Daniel P. Gordon

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Rhode Island State Representative Daniel P. Gordon was expelled from the Republicans and joined the Libertarian Party in 2011.
Gordon changed his party affiliation from Republican to Libertarian, becoming the only Libertarian Party member in any United States legislature during that time.

Laura Ebke

In July 2016 and June 2017, the Libertarians tied their 1992 peak of four legislators when four state legislators from four different states left the Republican Party to join the Libertarian Party: Nevada Assemblyman John Moore in January, Nebraska Senator Laura Ebke (although the Nebraska Legislature is officially non-partisan) and New Hampshire Representative Max Abramson in May and Utah Senator Mark B. Madsen in July.
Originally a member of the Republican Party who described herself as "a conservative libertarian", Ebke changed her registration to the Libertarian Party in 2016; she was thought to be the first Libertarian member of the officially nonpartisan legislature.

David Bergland

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David Peter Bergland (June 4, 1935 – June 3, 2019) was an American politician who was the United States Libertarian Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 1984 presidential election, and also served twice as the Chair of the Libertarian National Committee.

Roger MacBride

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The first Libertarian presidential candidate, John Hospers, received one electoral vote in 1972 when Roger MacBride, a Virginia Republican faithless elector pledged to Richard Nixon, cast his ballot for the Libertarian ticket.
He was the presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in the 1976 election.

David Koch

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He was the 1980 Libertarian candidate for Vice President of the United States and helped finance the campaign.

Ron Paul 1988 presidential campaign

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The Ron Paul presidential campaign of 1988 began in early 1987 when former Congressman Ron Paul of Texas announced his candidacy for the 1988 presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party.

James P. Gray

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In the 2012 presidential election, Johnson and running mate Jim Gray received 1,275,821 votes (1%).
Gray was the 2012 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, as well as the party's 2004 candidate for the United States Senate in California.

Andre Marrou

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One of the party's Alaska state legislators, Andre Marrou was nominated for Vice President in 1988 and for President in 1992.
Andre Verne Marrou (born December 4, 1938) is an American political figure, affiliated with the Libertarian Party.

Nancy Lord

Nancy Theresa Lord (born February 8, 1952) is an American politician and was the vice-presidential candidate of the United States Libertarian Party in the 1992 presidential election, as the running-mate of Andre Marrou.

Michael Badnarik

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He was the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2004 elections, and placed fourth in the race, behind independent candidate Ralph Nader and the two major party candidates, George W. Bush and John Kerry.