Libertarian Party of Indiana

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Libertarian Party of Indiana
Founded July 14, 1974
Headquarters 1111 E 54th St, Ste 158
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 920-1994
Ideology Libertarianism
National affiliation Libertarian Party (United States)
Colors a shade of Dark Blue; Gold1

The Libertarian Party of Indiana is the Indiana affiliate of the Libertarian Party.

History and Operations[edit]

The founding meeting of the Libertarian Party of Indiana was held on July 14, 1974 at the Holiday Inn at Weir Cook Airport (now called the Indianapolis International Airport). Approximately 20-25 people attended including Paul Hyatt, Tom Duncan, Marvin Lazaro, Brian Bernstein, Dick Smith, Steve Butterbaugh and Charlie Reisert. Reisert made the motion to start the Libertarian Party of Indiana. The first headquarters was located at 1430 N. Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis. The LPIN became a minor political party in 1994 after achieving ballot access when Steve Dillon received more than 2% of the vote running for Secretary of State.

The Libertarian Party of Indiana has continually earned ballot access since 1994. In 2008, the Libertarian presidential ticket of Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root had their strongest showing in Indiana receiving 1.1% of the vote (19,243 votes)[1]. On February 17, 2009, Indianapolis city councilmember Edward Coleman publicly announced that he had left the Republican Party and joined the Libertarian Party [2] [3]. The party's best finish in a statewide race came in 2006 when US Senate candidate Steve Osborn received about 13% of the vote.[1] Osborn had the best result for a third party candidate running for the Senate in the 2006 elections.

The Libertarian Party of Indiana is the only party other than the Democrats and Republicans with ballot access in Indiana. Hoosier Libertarians have consistently earned ballot access since 1994. Hoosier Libertarians advocate smaller government while defending civil liberties. In the last decade, they have come to the defense of eminent domain victims, marched in opposition to property tax laws, fought for reduced small business licensing, and pursued fairness and transparency in our elections. Indiana Libertarians lobbied dozens of city and town councils across Indiana to allow property owners to make the decision on smoking on their property.

Officials and Staff[edit]

State Central Committee[edit]

Officers Officer Name (First, Last)
Chairman Joseph Hauptmann [2]
Vice-Chairman Rodney Benker [2]
Secretary Frank Rossa [2]
Treasurer Michael Schultheiss [2]
Congressional District Representative Name (First, Last)
1 Kevin Van Linden [2]
2 Ron Cenkush [2]
3 Kristi Avery [2]
4 Randy Young [2]
5 Greg Noland [2]
6 Jesse Riddle [2]
7 Brett Bittner [2]
8 Lindsay Horn [2]
9 Greg Hertzsch [2]


Position Staffer (First, Last)
Business Manager Salgado, Alyssa [3]

Libertarian National Committee Representative[edit]

Region Representative Name(First, Last)
At Large Sam Goldstein[4]
3 (Alternate) Brett Bittner[4]

Current elected Indiana Libertarian officeholders[edit]

As of 2016, there are 8 Libertarian members who hold elected office in Indiana. [4]
1. Susan Bell: Town Judge, Hagerstown
2. Steve Coffman: Advisory Board, Liberty Township
3. Cheryl Heacox: Advisory Board, Clay Township
4. Dennis Denney: Town Council, Shirley, North Ward
5. Elizabeth Brewer: Clerk-Treasurer, Claypool
6. Larry Walters: Town Council, Dublin
7. Jessica Whitfield: Town Council, Larwill
8. Renee Sweeney: Town Council, Ossian

Appointed Libertarian officeholders[edit]

  • Scott Baker, Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Commission
  • Rex Bell, Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Rex Bell, Hagerstown Plan Commission, Chairman
  • Al Cox, Brown County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals
  • Brad Klopfenstein, Indianapolis Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals II
  • Mark W. Rutherford, Indiana Public Defender Commission, Chairman
  • Mark Smith, Centerville Plan Commission
  • Mark Smith, Wayne County Economic Development Commission.
  • Chris Spangle, Vote Indiana Team/Indiana HAVA Commission
  • Michael Dowden, Town of Brownsburg Redevelopment Authority, Secretary/Treasurer (2014 - 2016)[5]

Past state chairs[edit]

Year Start Year End Name (First, Last)
1974 1976 Paul Hyatt
1976 1979 Sally (Heistand) Callin
1979 1980 Joseph Hauptmann
1981 N/A Joe Bryan (deceased)
1981 1982 Kevin Grant
1983 N/A Mike Fallahay
1984 1985 Steve Dasbach
1985 1986 Jim Reidenauer (deceased)
1986 1987 Dr. Walter Weeks
1987 1988 Roger Strater
1988 N/A Bonnie Flemmonds
1988 1989 Steve Dasbach
1989 1996 Dr. Barbara Bourland
1996 1998 Rob Shuford
1998 2000 Joseph Hauptmann
2000 2007 Mark Rutherford
2007 2009 Todd Singer
2009 2013 Sam Goldstein
2013 2015 Dan Drexler
2015 present Joseph Hauptmann

Past candidates[edit]

[7] His previous political experience includes attempted bids for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Representative in his home district in 2000 and 2002. Steve Osborn is from LaPorte, Indiana.[6]

  • Paul Hager ran for the U.S. Representative in Indiana’s 8th district in 1994, 1996, and 1998. Also, he ran for US Senate in 2000.[8][9] In 2002, he ran for Indiana’s Secretary of State[10] on the issue of voting reform.[11]


Awards are presented at the LPIN Convention each year. With the exception of one award, all winners are granted their award by a vote of the LPIN membership.[12]

Dr. Barbara Bourland Light of Liberty Award
The recipient is honored as the person most responsible for the growth of the party and dedication to the libertarian cause.
Year Awarded Recipient (First, Last) County
2016 Karl Tatgenhorst Porter [12]
2015 Greg Hertzsch Clark [12]
2014 Beth Duensing Lake
2013 Chris Spangle Johnson
2012 Evan McMahon Marion
2011 Joyce Morrell Rush
2011 Paul Morrell Rush
2010 Allison Maguire Marion
2009 Dan Drexler LaPorte
2008 Timothy Maguire Marion
2007 Mike Kole Hamilton
2006 Greg Kelver LaPorte
2005 Rex Bell Wayne
2004 Phil Miller Hancock
2003 Rebecca Sink-Burris Monroe
2002 Sam Goldstein Marion
2001 Mark Rutherford Marion
2001 Andy Horning Marion
2000 Kurt St. Angelo Marion
1999 Steve Dillon Marion
Susan Bell Officeholder of the Year Award
Awarded to a current elected officeholder of the Libertarian Party that best promotes libertarian principles and values through public service.
Year Awarded Recipient (First, Last) County
2016 Chris Mayo Marion [12]
2015 Steve Coffman Henry [12]
2014 Brad Klopfenstein Marion
2013 Al Cox Brown
2012 Mark Rutherford Marion
2011 Edward Coleman Marion
2010 Edward Coleman Marion
2009 Susan Bell Wayne
2006 Ed Dilts Johnson
Ken Bisson Outreach Award
Awarded to a party member who has strived to spread the message of libertarian principles to as many potential voters as is possible.
Year Awarded Recipient (First, Last) County
2016 Rodney Benker Johnson [12]
2015 Donna Dunn Lake [12]
2014 Andrew Horning Owen
2013 Chris Spangle Johnson
2012 Rupert Boneham Marion
2011 Rex Bell Wayne
2010 Jerry Titus Howard
2010 Paul Morrell Rush
2009 Doug Horner Allen
2006 Mike Sylvester Allen
Joe Hauptmann Campaign Leadership Award
Awarded to a campaign volunteer who has worked above and beyond in an extraordinary fashion, and has significantly contributed to the success of a campaign.
Year Awarded Recipient (First, Last) County
2016 Angela Fisher Marion [12]
2015 Michael Sandridge Lake [12]
2013 Miah Akston Johnson
2012 Allison Maguire Marion
2012 Evan McMahon Marion
2012 Chris Gault Marion
2011 Dan Drexler LaPorte
2010 Paul Morrell Rush
2010 Jerry Titus Howard
2009 Melanie Hughes Floyd
2009 Allison Maguire Marion
2009 Tim Maguire Marion
2005 Sheri Conover Sharlow Grant
Phil Miller Candidate of the Year
Awarded to a Libertarian Candidate that has shown an extraordinary ability to reach and connect with voters, as well as further the cause of libertarianism.
Year Awarded Recipient (First, Last) County
2016 MiKe Gunyon Marion [12]
2015 Chris Mayo Marion [12]
2013 Rupert Boneham Marion
2012 Phil Miller Hancock
2011 Rebecca Sink-Burris Monroe
2009 Dr. Eric Schansberg Clark
2009 Rex Bell Wayne
2005 Kenn Gividen Bartholomew
Steve Dasbach Chairman's Award for Extraordinary Service
Awarded to an individual that has helped grow the Libertarian Party of Indiana in extraordinary ways over many years. This award is not voted on by LPIN membership, and it is the sole privilege of the Chair of the LPIN to award it to the recipient.
Year Awarded Recipient (First, Last) County
2016 Steve Dillon Monroe [12]
2015 John Schick Porter
2014 Beth Duensing Lake [12]
2014 Greg Kelver LaPorte
2014 Michael Schultheiss Marion
2013 Dale Wedel Hendricks
2012 Mark Burris N/A
2012 Rebecca Sink-Burris Monroe
2011 Greg Hertzsch N/A
2010 Todd Singer Hendricks
2010 Dale Wedel Hendricks
2010 Dan Drexler LaPorte
2009 Andrew Horning Owen
2007 Mark Rutherford Marion
2007 Mike Runnebohm Shelby
2006 Brad Klopfenstein Marion
2006 Cindy Kirkpatrick Marion
2006 Kenn Gividen Bartholomew

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Auslen, Michael (January 19, 2011). "Lugar longest serving Ind. congressman". Retrieved 27 January 2014. In 2006, he ran against Libertarian Steve Osborn and won by a landslide 87.4 to 12.6 percent victory. The Democratic opponent, Jack Baldwin, was a write-in candidate and received only 294 votes. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Leadership". LPIN.ORG. 
  3. ^ "Staff". LPIN.ORG. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "LNC Leadership". LP.ORG. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b c d Martin, Deanna (November 7, 2006). "Lugar cruises on way to winning 6th term". IU Student Media as Indiana Daliy Student. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Osborn; Muncie Free Press online; accessed .
  8. ^ "State Information: Indiana". Roll Call. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Jen Wagner and Jennifer Wagner (November 6, 2000). "Senate contenders continue the fight". IU Student Media as Indiana Daliy Student. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Soyugenc, Ismail (February 6, 2002). "Republican race for Secretary of State gains speed". Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Lyle IV, George (January 28, 2002). "Libertarian candidate wants to change voting system". IU Student Media as Indiana Daliy Student. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m

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