Andre Marrou

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Andre Marrou
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 5th district
In office
January 14, 1985 – January 19, 1987
Seat B
Preceded byMilo Fritz
Succeeded byClaude Swackhammer
Personal details
Andre Verne Marrou

(1938-12-04) December 4, 1938 (age 81)
Nixon, Texas, U.S.
Political partyLibertarian
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology

Andre Verne Marrou (/məˈr/; born December 4, 1938) is an American politician who was the first Libertarian elected to a state legislature with his election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1984. He later served as the Libertarian Party's vice presidential nominee in 1988 presidential election and its presidential nominee in 1992 presidential election.


Born in Nixon, Texas, Marrou graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962.[1] He is the brother of American television news personality and Judge Chris Marrou.[2]

Alaska House of Representatives[edit]

Marrou first ran for the Alaska House of Representatives in 1982, placing second in a three-way race. He was then elected to the House in 1984.[3] One of twelve Libertarians to be elected to a state legislature, Marrou served for one term, from 1985 to 1987.[1] Running for reelection in 1986, he would lose to Claude E. "Swack" Swackhammer, a former Alaska State Trooper.[4] Marrou left Alaska following his 1986 defeat and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he worked as a real estate broker.[4]

1988 vice-presidential campaign[edit]

In February 1988 Marrou announced at the Libertarian Party of California's state convention that he would seek the Libertarian Party's vice presidential nomination.[5] He was selected as the Libertarian vice-presidential nominee for the 1988 presidential election at the 1987 national convention without any opposition;[4] on the ballot in 46 states and the District of Columbia,[6] U.S. Congressman Ron Paul and Marrou placed third in the popular vote with 432,179 votes (0.5%),[7] behind George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis.[8] Paul and Marrou were kept off the ballot in Missouri (due to what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called a "technicality") and in North Carolina, and received votes there only when written in.[9][10]

1992 presidential campaign[edit]

In the 1992 election, Marrou was the Libertarian presidential nominee.[11][12] In the New Hampshire primary of that year, he polled the highest vote total, 11, in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, the first town in the state to report results.[2][13] In the general election, he and running mate Nancy Lord were on the ballot in all 50 states and DC, and received 290,087 votes (0.28%).[14]

Marrou had most of his campaign staff resign during the summer of 1992, mainly because he was willing to accept a federal campaign subsidy in contradiction to Libertarian Party's non-coercion pledge. Several of his former campaign staffers sought to have the Libertarian Party strip him of the nomination because he had unpaid child support, had an arrest warrant in Massachusetts for an outstanding contempt of court charge, claimed to have been married twice when it was in fact four times, was being investigated for campaign improprieties from his time in Alaska, was reportedly running up unpaid credit card bills in a campaign PAC's name without their approval, and was habitually months late in making his house payments. The national committee decided to take no action for fear it would call attention to these issues.[15]


  1. ^ a b Keightley, Sarah Y. (October 2, 1992). "80 Listen as Alumnus Marrou Brings Libertarian Presidential Campaign to MIT". The Tech. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Marrou outpolls competitors in first town to report results". San Antonio Express-News. Associated Press. February 18, 1992. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  3. ^ Scandling, Bruce (January 7, 1985). "Marrou puts Libertarian stamp on bills". Anchorage Daily News. Associated Press. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Cross, Sue (February 23, 1988). "Marrou hits trail again". Anchorage Daily News. Associated Press. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Andre Marrou: Libertarian Hopeful for Individuals". Victoria Advocate. 13 June 1987. p. 7. Archived from the original on 23 December 2019 – via
  6. ^ Rosenthal, Andrew (October 17, 1988). "Now for a Real Underdog: Ron Paul, Libertarian, for President". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 29 March 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  7. ^ Will, George F (February 18, 2007). "A Cheerful Anachronism". Retrieved March 17, 2008.
  8. ^ "1988 VOTE: The Final Word". The New York Times. December 12, 1988. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  9. ^ Nugent, Franklin M. (November 7, 1988). "If You Don't Like Bush Or Dukakis". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 3C. Retrieved March 22, 2008.
  10. ^ Leip, Dave (November 7, 1988). "1988 Presidential General Election Results – North Carolina". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. p. 1. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  11. ^ Walsh, Edward (September 1, 1991). "Libertarian Party Nominates Real Estate Broker for Run at a Million Votes". The Washington Post via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Archived from the original on December 31, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  12. ^ O'Donnell, Maureen (October 7, 1992). "To Libertarian, Less Is More". Chicago Sun-Times via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  13. ^ Publicover, Matthew S. (February 19, 1992). "At least Marrou can claim Dixville Notch". The Telegraph. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  14. ^ "1992 Presidential General Election Results". US Election Atlas. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  15. ^ Radicals for Capitalism by Brian Doherty, pp. 515–16

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Alaska House of Representatives
Preceded by
Milo Fritz
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 5th district
Seat B

Succeeded by
Claude Swackhammer
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jim Lewis
Libertarian nominee for Vice President of the United States
Succeeded by
Nancy Lord
Preceded by
Ron Paul
Libertarian nominee for President of the United States
Succeeded by
Harry Browne