Libertarian Party of New Hampshire
|House Leader||Max Abramson|
|Headquarters||Concord, New Hampshire|
|Youth wing||Libertarian Youth Caucus|
|Political position||Center-right to Center-left|
|National affiliation||Libertarian Party|
|Colors||a shade of Gray or Blue; Gold|
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|Local Elected Offices||>20|
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. The party holds one seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives due to Max Abramson rejoining the party in June 2019.
- 1 History
- 2 Executive Committee
- 3 Officeholders (past and present)
- 4 Election results in statewide/federal races
- 5 References
- 6 External links
First House Libertarian Caucus
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. 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. In 1994, Don Gorman was re-elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives along with Jim McClarin.
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 successfully 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
State Representative Caleb Q. Dyer changed his party affiliation from Republican to Libertarian on February 9, 2017. On May 10, 2017, State Representative Joseph Stallcop switched his party affiliation from Democratic to Libertarian. His announcement was broadcast via Facebook live. 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.
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|
|Richard Manzo||Vice Chair|
|Jilletta Jarvis||At Large member|
Officeholders (past and present)
Past and present members of the General Court
- 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)
- The district number has since changed after redistricting
Election results in statewide/federal races
|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%|
- John Babiarz is a member of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire but petitioned onto the ballot as an independent candidate.
|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%|
|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%|
|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%|
- Foley, Meghan (11 May 2017). "Keene state representative leaves Democratic party". SentinelSource.com. The Keene Sentinel. Retrieved 11 May 2017.