Bill Redpath

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Bill Redpath
16th Chair of the Libertarian National Committee
In office
Preceded byMichael Dixon
Succeeded byMark Hinkle
Chair of the Virginia Libertarian State Committee
In office
Succeeded byBo Brown
In office
Personal details
Born (1957-10-09) October 9, 1957 (age 62)
Findlay, Ohio
Political partyLibertarian

William Bruce "Bill" Redpath (born October 9, 1957) is an At-Large Representative to, immediate past Treasurer, and former Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, and immediate past Chair of the Virginia Libertarian State Committee. A six-time candidate for public office, most recently he was the 2014 Libertarian nominee for the US House of Representatives in Virginia's 10th Congressional District.


Born and raised in Findlay, Ohio, Redpath graduated from Indiana University and then earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a Certified Public Accountant currently licensed in Virginia, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation in the American Society of Appraisers. He also holds the Accredited in Business Valuation designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has earned the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement from the CFA Institute.

Political career and activities[edit]

Redpath joined the Libertarian Party in 1984. He is noted within the Libertarian Party for his ballot access work; during his tenure as chairman of the LP's Ballot Access Committee, the party's presidential ticket achieved ballot access in all 50 states in two consecutive elections (1992 and 1996). It was the first time that a minor party's presidential ticket appeared on the ballot in all 50 states and DC in successive presidential elections.

He served as Chair of the Libertarian Party of Virginia State Committee from 1989 to 1991, and from 2014 to 2016. He twice previously served as the National Treasurer of the Libertarian National Committee, from 1991–1993 and from 2003–2004.

Redpath ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in 1993, and for the Virginia Senate in a special election in 1998. He was the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Virginia in 2001, receiving 0.8% of the vote. The theme of his campaign was "Anything That's Peaceful," the title of a book on libertarianism by Leonard Read.

He was first elected as National Chair of the Libertarian Party by delegates to the 2006 Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon in July 2006. He was re-elected by delegates to the 2008 Libertarian National Convention in Denver, Colorado on May 26, 2008.

In January 2008, Redpath announced his intention to seek the Libertarian nomination for the US Senate seat being vacated by Senator John Warner. On March 29, 2008, the Libertarian Party of Virginia state convention voted to nominate him as the party's official candidate.[1] Redpath received 20,269 votes for 0.55% of the total vote. Redpath was the Libertarian Party nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia's 10th congressional district in 2010. He received 2.20% of the vote.

Redpath opted not to seek a third term as National Chair.[2] In May 2010, he was replaced by Mark Hinkle at the 2010 Libertarian National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.[3]

Redpath was elected to an At-Large position on the Libertarian National Committee at the 2010 convention and was appointed Treasurer on December 30, 2010 when the previous Treasurer resigned.

In June 2014, Redpath announced his candidacy as a Libertarian for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District seat, currently held by Republican U.S. Representative Frank Wolf.[4]

On May 28, 2016, Redpath and former US Congressman and 1988 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Ron Paul became the eighth and ninth inductees to the United States Libertarian Party Hall of Liberty.[5]

Redpath serves as Treasurer for FairVote[6] in Takoma Park, Maryland, serves on the Board of Citizens in Charge and Citizens in Charge Foundation and is on the Advisory Committee of Virginians for Instant Runoff Voting.[7]


Date Election Candidate Party Votes %
Virginia House of Delegates, 34th district
2 November 1993[8] General Vincent F. Callahan, Jr Republican 12,982 78.4
William B. Redpath Independent 1,911 11.5
Lewis Highsmith Independent 1,639 9.9
Write Ins 28
Virginia Senate, 33rd district
20 January 1998[9] General William C. Mims Republican 11,623 61.8
Jean S. Brown Democratic 7,030 37.3
William B. Redpath Independent 160 0.9
Write Ins 9
Governor of Virginia
5 November 2001[10] General Mark R. Warner Democratic 984,177 52.2
Mark L. Earley Republican 887,234 47.0
William B. Redpath Libertarian 14,497 0.8
Write Ins 813
U.S. Senate
4 November 2008[11] General Mark R. Warner Democratic 2,369,327 65.0
Jim S. Gilmore Republican 1,228,830 33.7
Glenda G. Parker Independent 21,690 0.6
William B. Redpath Libertarian 20,269 0.6
Write Ins 3,178
U.S. House, 10th district
2 November 2010[12] General Frank R. Wolf Republican 131,116 62.9
Jeffery R. Barnett Democratic 72,604 34.8
William B. Redpath Libertarian 4,607 2.2
Write Ins 229
4 November 2014[13] General Barbara J. Comstock Republican 125,914 56.5
John W. Foust Democratic 89,957 40.4
William B. Redpath Libertarian 3,393 1.5
Brad A. Eickholt Independent 2,442 1.1
Dianne L. Blais Independent Green 946 0.4
Write Ins 262

Business career[edit]

Redpath is a Vice President of BIA Advisory Services, LLC (formerly known as BIA/Kelsey), a financial consulting firm in media and telecommunications. He has worked as a Senior Financial Analyst with NBC in New York, an Internal Auditor with ABC in New York, Assistant Financial Manager of WISH-TV in Indianapolis and an auditor with Arthur Andersen in Cincinnati.[14]


Redpath resides in West Dundee, Illinois. He lived in Virginia 1985-2019, and in Leesburg, Virginia 2003-2019.[15]


  1. ^ LPVA – Libertarian Party of Virginia
  2. ^ Redpath, William (2010-05-26) "My Last Column as Chairman", Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  3. ^ Winger, Richard (2010-05-30) "Mark Hinkle is New National Chair of Libertarian Party", Ballot Access News. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  4. ^ "News briefs: Libertarian joins race for Wolf's seat". Fairfax Times. June 19, 2014. Archived from the original on July 3, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "Libertarian Party Award Recipients". Libertarian Party. Archived from the original on 2016-10-18. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  6. ^ Center for Voting and Democracy Archived April 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Virginians for Instant Runoff Voting". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  8. ^ "1993 House of Delegates General Election". Virginia State Board of Elections.
  9. ^ "1998 Senate of Virginia Special General Election". Virginia State Board of Elections.
  10. ^ "2001 Governor General Election". Virginia State Board of Elections.
  11. ^ "2008 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections.
  12. ^ "2010 U.S. House General Election". VPAP.
  13. ^ "2014 U.S. House General Election". Virginia State Board of Elections.
  14. ^ "William Redpath". FairVote. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  15. ^[permanent dead link]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Michael Dixon
Chair of the Libertarian National Committee
2006 – 2010
Succeeded by
Mark Hinkle