Political Party

The Libertarian Party

Official Name:

Libertarian Party


David Nolan

Founding date:

December 11, 1971

Party Ideology:

The Libertarian Party advocates natural rights, smaller government, non-interventionist foreign policy and fiscal conservatism.

Party History:

Founded in 1971, the Libertarian Party is the biggest of the fringe political parties in the United States, with over 300,000 registered members. The party was established by citizens who were disillusioned by the nation’s perceived divergence from the ideals of libertarianism of the Founding Fathers.

Despite its size, the Libertarian Party is one of the most politically active in the country, and has a relatively significant governing presence at county levels, with 140 office bearers across the nation. Its 2012 nominee for President, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, finished third behind President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney in the presidential election, capturing 1% of the vote.

Party address:

Libertarian National Committee, Inc.
2600 Virginia Ave, N.W. Suite 200
Washington D.C. 20037

Telephone: 1-800-ELECT-US

Party logo:

A blue, half-silhouetted Lady Liberty above the blue text of “Libertarian Party 1971”, on a yellow background circle with blue a border.
Formerly the Libersign, a black arrow pointing 45 degrees NE across the text “TANSTAAFL” (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch)

Party chairperson:

Geoffrey J. Neale, former Treasurer of the Libertarian National Committee.

Elected officials:

140 elected officials at county level, with the largest presence in Pennsylvania, with 27 elected officials.

Prominent figures:

• David Nolan (1943-2010): Party founder.
• Dick Randolph: Became the first elected Libertarian Party member ever after winning a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives in 1978.
• Gary Johnson: Former New Mexico Governor and the party’s nominee for president in 2012.
• Ron Paul: Former Texas Congressman who became the party’s nominee for president in 1988.