Aaron Libby

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Aaron F. Libby
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
from the 139th district
In office
December, 2010 – December 2014
Preceded by Joseph Wagner
Succeeded by Dwayne W. Prescott
Personal details
Born (1983-04-04) April 4, 1983 (age 32)
Sanford, Maine
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Allison Rose Libby
(2012–present)
Residence Waterboro, Maine
Occupation Farmer
Website Campaign website

Aaron F. Libby (born April 4, 1983) is an American politician from Maine. Libby, a Republican from Waterboro, Maine, served in the Maine House of Representatives from December 2010 to December 2014. Libby's district comprised Waterboro and parts of Lyman. In April 2014, Libby announced that he would not seek re-election.[1]

Election[edit]

Libby first ran in 2010 as a Republican, defeating Democrat incumbent Joseph Wagner in District 139. He ran successfully for a second term in 2012, again defeating Wagner. He was endorsed by Ron Paul,[2] Susan Collins, Defense of Liberty PAC,[3] the Maine Republican Liberty Caucus,[4] and Liberty Candidates.[5]

Political positions[edit]

Libby has been described as a libertarian.[6] He supports free market policies and minimal federal regulation of state commerce. Many of his positions, such as support for hard money policies and opposition to government regulation, have been influenced by the Austrian School of economic thought.[7] He is a proponent of localism and the overall reduction of the size, power, and expenditure of both federal and state governments on Constitutionalist grounds.[5]

Tenure[edit]

As a freshman in the 125th Legislature, Libby was appointed to the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.[8] Libby has introduced bills to nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,[9] implement Constitutional Carry of firearms,[10] eliminate a state sales tax on U.S. gold and silver coinage,[11] prohibit enforcement of the National Defense Authorization Act,[12] eliminate federal regulation of commerce within the state of Maine,[13] and regulate pat-downs by state employees and contractors such as the Transportation Security Administration.[14]

Libby's Constitutional Carry bill was defeated in the Maine House of Representatives by a vote of 74 to 73.[15]

Libby supported Ron Paul for President in 2012,[16] and later persuaded ten other state representatives to also endorse Paul.[17] Libby was elected and served as a delegate supporting Paul at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.[18] In 2013, Libby co-sponsored a bill with Democratic Rep. Diane Russell to legalize the recreational use of cannabis.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Libby was born on April 4, 1983 in Sanford, Maine. He attended Massabesic High School, graduating in 2002. In 2012, Libby married Allison McGinley, who had attended Massabesic one year behind Libby. The couple reside in Waterboro, and own and operate Libby & Son U-Picks, a pick-your-own fruit farm in Limerick.[20] Libby sits on the Executive Committee of the Maine State Pomological Society.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham, Gillian (April 15, 2014). "Waterboro Republican says he won’t seek third term in Maine House". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Brakey, Eric. "Ron Paul Endorses Five DOLPAC Candidates". Defense of Liberty PAC. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Brakey, Eric. "DOLPAC Announces Endorsements". Defense of Liberty PAC. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Libby for Liberty: Endorsements". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Aaron Libby: Liberty Candidate for (Re-Election) State House of Representatives, Maine". Liberty Candidates. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Shepherd, Michael (February 22, 2013). "Maine lawmaker pushes to legalize small amounts of marijuana". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Aaron Libby". Defense of Liberty PAC. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Meet Rep. Aaron Libby". Maine House GOP. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Libby, Aaron. "LD 680, HP 472, 126th Maine Legislature, First Regular Session. An Act To Nullify the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.". Maine State Legislative Information Office. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Libby, Aaron. "LD 660, HP 452, 126th Maine Legislature, First Regular Session. An Act To Enhance Self-defense by Removing Restrictions on the Carrying and Use of Weapons.". Maine State Legislative Information Office. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Libby, Aaron. "LD 1007, HP 705, 126th Maine Legislature, First Regular Session. An Act Relating to Precious Metal Coins.". Maine State Legislative Information Office. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Libby, Aaron. "LD 1054, HP 747, 126th Maine Legislature, First Regular Session. An Act To Prohibit Enforcement by a Federal or State Official or Others of the National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2012.". Maine State Legislative Information Office. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Libby, Aaron. "LD 691, HP 483, 126th Maine Legislature, First Regular Session. An Act To Prohibit Enforcement of Federal Laws Regulating Commerce in Violation of the Constitution of the United States.". Maine State Legislative Information Office. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Libby, Aaron. "LD 841, HP 592, 126th Maine Legislature, First Regular Session. An Act To Prevent Offensive Touching of a Person Seeking Access to Public Facilities.". Maine State Legislative Information Office. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Thistle, Scott (June 11, 2013). "Bill making concealed handguns legal without permit falls one vote short in Maine House". The Sun Journal. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Maine Representative Aaron Libby and LL Bean's Linda Bean Endorse Ron Paul for President!". Daily Paul. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  17. ^ Napolitano, Andrew (2 February 2012). "Maine Legislators Endorse Ron Paul". Fox Business. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "List of Maine delegates headed to GOP national convention". Portland Press Herald. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  19. ^ Cousins, Christopher (February 21, 2013). "Democratic and Republican legislators unite on bill to legalize and tax marijuana". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "About". Libby for Liberty. Retrieved 12 February 2014. [dead link]
  21. ^ "Aaron Libby's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 

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