Independent American Party of Nevada

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Independent American Party of Nevada
Chairperson John Wagner
Founded 1967
Headquarters 186 Ryndon Unit 12,
Elko, Nevada 89801
Ideology American nationalism
Social conservatism
National affiliation Constitution Party
Colors Purple
Politics of the United States
Political parties

The Independent American Party of Nevada (IAPN) is the Nevada affiliate of the Constitution Party of the United States. It is not to be confused with the national party of the same name. It was founded in 1967.[1] It is one of four Constitution state parties that has not changed its name to "Constitution Party" since the national party adopted that name.[2] As the Nevada party's name predates the national Constitution Party by decades and also for personal reasons, the Nevada membership does not desire to change the name.

In addition to the party's successes in the 2006 and the 2010 elections, the Nevada IAP sends five unpaid lobbyists to every Nevada state legislative session, which convenes every two years in February.

Past electoral successes and voter registration[edit]

The Nevada IAP finally achieved electoral success in the 1990s with the election of a County Commissioner in Nye County and the election of Chuck Horne as the Mayor of Mesquite.[3] However the Party elected several candidates to office in 2006 with the elections Jackie Berg as Eureka County Clerk and Cel Ocha as Constable of Searchlight. Another Party member, Bruce Wilkerson, was elected to the Elko School Board in 2004.

2010 election victories[edit]

In the 2010 elections, three Independent American Party candidates were elected local offices and one was re-elected.[4] Several IAP candidates also performed well in various state and legislative elections, including the election for Nevada State Assembly, District 33, where Janine Hansen won 30.81% of the vote and placed second in a three-way race.[5] The IAP candidate for State Attorney General, Joel Hansen, also secured 7.81% of the vote.

Voter registration numbers[edit]

As of the Close of Registration, October 2010, the Independent American Party has a total number of 62,724 registered voters in the Party.[6] Party growth has surged since 2004 due to the rough political climate in Nevada and the constant publicity that the party and its members get from the state media.


  • Dan Hansen: 1967–1980
  • Joel Hansen: 2002–2004
  • Christopher Hansen: 2004–2008
  • Mark Andrews: 2008–2009
  • John Wagner: 2009–Present


  1. ^ "Independent American Party". Retrieved January 21, 2013. [dead link]
  2. ^ Frequently Asked Questions[dead link]
  3. ^ "election". June 9, 1999. Retrieved January 21, 2013. [dead link]
  4. ^ Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau (November 4, 2010). "IAP wins local contests". Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Elko County". November 3, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nevada Secretary of State : Close of Registration Statistics - October 2010 Total". Retrieved January 21, 2013. 

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