Jim Clymer

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Jim Clymer
Chair of the Constitution Party
In office
6 September 1999 – 21 April 2012
Preceded by Bill Shearer
Succeeded by Frank Fluckiger
Personal details
Born (1948-05-04) May 4, 1948 (age 69)
Political party Constitution
Spouse(s) Lois Clymer
Children 5

James N. "Jim" Clymer (born May 4, 1948)[1] is an active lawyer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and was the 2012 Vice presidential nominee of the United States Constitution Party and is the former chairman of the party.[2]

Clymer grew up in Lancaster and earned a law degree. He was admitted to the Bar in Pennsylvania in May 1978.[3] In 1986 he was appointed Chairman of the Bob Smith for Senate Committee. In 1992 he joined the Libertarian Party and ran as their candidate for Pennsylvania Auditor General. He also ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 1994 and 1998, attaining 13% and 10.5%, respectively. He ran for a United States Senate seat in 2004, garnering nearly 4% of the vote against Arlen Specter and Joe Hoeffel. He received 220,056 votes, which may have at the time been the second highest number of votes any Constitution Party member has received, after the 460,269 votes for Peg Luksik's 1994 gubernatorial bid received. He was able to gain some support from conservative, pro-life Republicans who had voted for Pat Toomey in the close Senate Primary against Arlen Specter, who was more liberal, especially on social issues. He also gained the endorsement of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Unlike many minor party candidates, Clymer was invited to participate in a televised U.S. Senate Candidates' Debate.

Clymer later ran for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Commissioner and scored 13% of the vote.

At the 2012 Constitution Party National Convention, he was selected as the running mate for former Congressman Virgil Goode.[4] The ticket received 121,452 votes, or 0.09% nationally.[5]

Clymer is currently serving as Judge of Elections for Manor Township, Pennsylvania.[6]


  1. ^ http://usconservatives.about.com/od/thinkersanddoers/qt/ClymerBio.htm A Profile of James N. Clymer
  2. ^ "Campaign for Constitutional Government". The Constitution Party. Archived from the original on 5 January 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Meet Jim Clymer". Soar with Lusik. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Virgil Goode Wins Constitution Party Nomination on First Ballot, Picks VP Choice". Independent Political Report. April 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2012 Presidential General Election Results". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. 
  6. ^ "Elected Constitution Party Officials". Independent Political Report. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Bill Shearer
Chair of the Constitution Party
Succeeded by
Frank Fluckiger
Preceded by
Darrell Castle
Constitution nominee for Vice President of the United States
Succeeded by
Scott Bradley