Joe Schriner

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Joe Schriner
Brian Carroll and Joe Schriner at the 2019 ASP Midwestern Regional Meeting (cropped).jpg
Schriner participating in a presidential debate for the nomination of the American Solidarity Party in 2019
Joseph Charles Shriner

(1955-03-03) March 3, 1955 (age 68)
Years active2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020
Known forUnited States presidential campaigns
Christian democracy
Political partyAmerican Solidarity Party (2019–)
Independent (before 2019)

Joseph Charles Schriner (born March 3, 1955) is an American political activist and journalist. Schriner has run for the United States presidency in six consecutive election cycles spanning from 2000 to 2020.[1] Advocating Christian democratic policies, he has primarily run as an independent candidate, until the 2020 presidential election when he sought the American Solidarity Party nomination instead.[2][3][4] Schriner's political views largely revolve around Catholic Social Teaching.[5] He also ran as a Republican during the early portions of the 2000 and 2016 presidential election cycles.[6] He also vied unsuccessfully for the Green Party presidential nomination during the 2008 election cycle.[7]

Schriner has been referred to as "average Joe" in the media.[8] He is also sometimes referred to as "Joe the Painter."[9] He is currently self-employed as a house painter.[10]

Early life and education[edit]

Joe Schriner was born on March 3, 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio.[11] In 1973, he graduated from Bay Village High School, where he was the starting quarterback on the junior varsity football team.[12]

Schriner spent his freshman year at Bluffton College in Ohio. After taking a year off from school to work, he transferred to Bowling Green State University. He majored in journalism, wrote for BG News, and completed an internship as a reporter on Ohio's Troy Daily News.[13] Schriner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Bowling Green State University in 1978.[14]

Early career[edit]

Schriner began his career as a journalist after college for the Sandusky Register. Schriner left the Register after two years.[15]

In 1983, Schriner began working at a halfway house in Lorain as a drug and alcoholism counselor. The halfway house was a 90-day treatment program run operated by the Lorain County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (LCCADA). During the next two years, Schriner pursued seminar studies to become a drug and alcoholism counselor.[16]

Presidential campaigns[edit]

2000 to 2012[edit]

Schriner declared his first run for U.S. President with a speech at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 30, 1999.[17] He initially declared as a Republican candidate, but then switched to independent after George W. Bush won the Republican Primaries.[18] Schriner ran again in 2004, 2008, and 2012.[19]

Schriner declared his 2016 candidacy in a podcast on the home page of his official campaign website.[20] 2016 marked his fifth consecutive run for president.[21]


Schriner announced he would run in the 2020 United States presidential election as an American Solidarity Party candidate. He lost the nomination to Brian T. Carroll.[3][4][22] He continued to run as an independent.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Schriner resides in Steubenville, Ohio.[24] He and his wife Liz have three children.[25] Schriner met his wife, a native of New Zealand, in Homer, Alaska.[26] He is Catholic.

Further reading[edit]


  • America's Best Town (ISBN 1932303243 ISBN 978-1-932303-24-7)
  • America's Best Town 2 (ISBN 159526129X ISBN 978-1-59526-129-8)
  • Back Road to the White House (ISBN 1595262776 ISBN 978-1-59526-129-8)


  1. ^ "In the 2008 presidential campaign it was Joe the Plumber. In 2012 it's going to be Joe the Painter". Star Beacon. January 14, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  2. ^ Shome, Amol (April 9, 2019). "(Some) 2020 Presidential Candidates". The Centaurian.
  3. ^ a b Schriner, Joe. "Declaration Speech 2020". Average Joe "The Painter" Schriner for President 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b Schriner, Joe. "Joe Schriner's Presidential Declaration! 2020 Vision!". YouTube. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Catholic Online, Editorial: Not your Average Joe. Maybe I Will Vote for Joe Schriner?". July 10, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "A van, a message, and a mission". Christian Science Monitor. February 8, 2000. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Green Party Presidential Candidate Forum talk, Reading, PA". YouTube. July 2007. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  8. ^ ""Average Joe" Runs for President". The North Platte Telegraph. May 25, 2004. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  9. ^ Feather, Carl (14 January 2009). "In the 2008 presidential campaign, it was Joe the Plumber. In 2012, it's going to be Joe the Painter". Star Beacon. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Making a Living". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "Slider on Joseph Charles Schriner". 2008. Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved September 20, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  12. ^ "Joe the Quarterback". September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  13. ^ "Troy Daily News article, 1977". Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "University alumnus runs for United States President". BG News. September 23, 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  15. ^ "Sandusky Register (Huron Bureau) article, 1978". Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Lorain County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse newsletter article, addendum note, 1985". Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  17. ^ "Campaign 2000 candidate Party listings". USA Today. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  18. ^ "Independent Presidential Candidate Supports Radical Change". Brighan Young University. October 12, 2000.
  19. ^ "Average Joe makes White House Bid". Cadillac News. June 16, 2003. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  20. ^ "2016 Declaration Speech by Joe Schriner". Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  21. ^ "Also-Rans: What Drives The Perennial Candidates?". NPR. September 23, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  22. ^ "Brian Carroll Nomination Acceptance". YouTube. September 16, 2019. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  23. ^ "Average Joe "The Painter" Schriner for President". Vote for Joe. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  24. ^ "NBC News, Wired, house painting, stumping, voting… Jonathan's question". November 9, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  25. ^ "About Family". Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  26. ^ "Not Your 'Average Joe'". The Post-Journal. August 14, 2009. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2016.

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