Libertarian Party of New Hampshire

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Libertarian Party of New Hampshire
ChairpersonBrian Shields
SecretaryJilletta Jarvis
HeadquartersConcord, New Hampshire
Youth wingLibertarian Youth Caucus
Classical liberalism
Social liberalism
Political positionCenter-right to Center-left
National affiliationLibertarian Party
Colorsa shade of Gray or Blue; Gold
Statewide Offices
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State Senate
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State House
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Local Elected Offices4
Official Website

The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire is the New Hampshire affiliate of the Libertarian Party of the United States. It is currently the third largest political party in the state of New Hampshire and is a ballot qualified party.


First House Libertarian Caucus[edit]

On July 16, 1991, Calvin Warburton became the first sitting legislator to switch parties to the Libertarian Party, and the first Libertarian legislator in the contiguous 48 states. Warburton was serving his seventh term as a Republican state representative in New Hampshire when, at age 81, he switched to the Libertarian Party.[1] In 1992, four Libertarians were elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives: Warburton (who was re-elected to an eighth term), Andy Borsa, Don Gorman, and Finlay Rothhaus. The four formed an officially recognized Libertarian Caucus with Gorman as the Libertarian Floor Leader. From 1973 to 1976, Gorman had served in the legislature as a Republican.[2] In 1994, Don Gorman was re-elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives along with Jim McClarin.[3]

Interim period[edit]

Prior to the 2000 election, Steve Vaillancourt, then a two-term incumbent Democratic member of the House of Representatives, switched his party affiliation to Libertarian. Rep. Vaillancourt was elected to the chamber as such and was the only Libertarian member during this period. Prior to the 2002 election, Rep. Vaillancourt switched his party affiliation to Republican. He was re-elected, becoming the first and only member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives to have served under the banner of all three contemporary parties.

Second House Libertarian Caucus[edit]

State Representative Caleb Q. Dyer changed his party affiliation from Republican to Libertarian on February 9, 2017.[4] On May 10, 2017, State Representative Joseph Stallcop switched his party affiliation from Democratic to Libertarian. His announcement was broadcast via Facebook live.[5] Following this announcement, the two formally requested a meeting space in the Legislative Office Building for caucusing prior to session. The caucus held their first meeting on May 18, 2017. On June 27, 2017, Rep. Brandon Phinney became the third member of the House to announce he had changed his party registration to Libertarian.

Executive Committee[edit]

Darryl W. Perry, past chair of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire.

According to the constitution and bylaws of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, the Executive Committee is composed of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, the most recent eligible past Chair, and the Chair of the Membership Committee.

LPNH Executive Committee
Name Position Elected (year)
Brian Shields Chair 2019
Richard Manzo Vice Chair
Robert Lombardo Treasurer
Jilletta Jarvis Secretary 2020
Jarec Rondeau At Large member
Tobin Menard At Large member

Officeholders (past and present)[edit]

Past and present members of the General Court[edit]

  • Brandon Phinney -- Representative, Rochester - Strafford 24 (2017–2019)
  • Joseph Stallcop -- Representative, Keene - Cheshire 4 (2017–2019)
  • Caleb Q. Dyer -- Representative, Pelham - Hillsborough 37 (2017–2019)
  • Max Abramson -- Representative, Seabrook - Rockingham 20 (2014—2016, 2019—present)
  • Steve Vaillancourt -- Representative, Manchester - Hillsborough 15 (2000—2002)
  • Jim McClarin -- Representative, Nashua - Hillsborough 8[a] (1994—1995)
  • Donald Gorman -- Representative, Deerfield - Rockingham 4[a] (1992—1996)
  • Finlay Rothhaus -- Representative, Merrimack - Hillsborough 12[a] (1991—1996)
  • Andy Borsa -- Representative, Pelham - Hillsborough 44[a] (1992—1994)
  • Calvin Warburton -- Representative, Raymond - Rockingham 12[a] (1991—1994)
  1. ^ a b c d e The district number has since changed after redistricting

Election results in statewide/federal races[edit]


Candidate(s) Office(s) Votes %
Gary Johnson/Bill Weld President/Vice President 30,694 4.12%
Brian Chabot U.S. Senate 12,597 1.70%
Robert Lombardo U.S. House (1st District) 5,507 1.51%
John Babiarz* U.S. House (2nd District) 17,076 4.88%
Max Abramson Governor 31,243 4.29%
  • John Babiarz is a member of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire but petitioned onto the ballot as an independent candidate.


Candidate(s) Office(s) Votes %
Gary Johnson/Jim Gray President/Vice President 8,233 1.2%
Brendan Kelly US Congress (1st District) 14,968 4.3%
Hardy Macia US Congress (2nd District) 14,656 4.4%
John Babiarz Governor 19,635 2.9%


Candidate(s) Office(s) Votes %
Ken Blevens US Senate 4,754 1.05%
Philip Hodson US Congress (1st District) 7,966 3.54%
Howard L. Wilson US Congress (2nd District) 4,796 2.13%
John Babiarz Governor 10,089 2.29%


Candidate(s) Office(s) Votes %
Bob Barr/Wayne Allyn Root President/Vice President 2,217 0.31%
George Phillies/Chris Bennett President/Vice President 531 0.075%
Ken Blevens US Senate 21,516 3.1%
Robert Kingsbury US Congress (1st District) 8,100 2.37%
Chester L. Lapointe, II US Congress (2nd District) 7,121 2.1%
Susan Newell Governor 14,987 2.19%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ [3][dead link]
  4. ^ [4][dead link]
  5. ^ Foley, Meghan (11 May 2017). "Keene state representative leaves Democratic party". The Keene Sentinel. Retrieved 11 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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