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Matt Kibbe

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Matt Kibbe
Matt Kibbe in 2016
EducationGrove City College (BA)[1]
Occupation(s)President and Chief Community Organizer, Free the People
SpouseTerry Kibbe

Matthew B. Kibbe (/ˈkɪbi/) is the President and Chief Community Organizer[2] of Free the People, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting libertarian ideals. Prior to founding Free the People, he was the President of FreedomWorks[3] He also worked as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Dan Miller (R-FL), Senior Economist at the Republican National Committee.[citation needed] Director of Federal Budget Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Managing Editor of Market Process, an academic economics journal published by the Center for the Study of Market Processes at George Mason University.[4][5]

Kibbe's Free the People argued for the inclusion of third-party candidates in the 2016 presidential debates,[6] and he participated in Our America Initiative's 2016 Liberty Tour to promote this campaign.[7] In an interview with Glenn Beck, Kibbe accused the Commission on Presidential Debates of "rigging" the debates by excluding third parties.[8]


Kibbe originally joined the organization (previously known as Citizens for a Sound Economy) as a policy analyst in 1986. He was the President from 2004–2015. He was formerly CEO, the post now held by Adam Brandon.[3] According to Steve Forbes, “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.”[9] Kibbe and FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey wrote Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto in 2010. The book reached best-seller lists including those of USA Today [citation needed] and The Washington Post.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Kibbe's wife, Terry, is the Chief Executive Officer[2] for Free the People.


  • Armey, Dick; Matt Kibbe (2010). Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-06-201587-7.
  • Kibbe, Matt (2012). Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-06-219601-9.
  • Kibbe, Matt (2014). Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 978-0062308252.


  1. ^ "Matthew B. Kibbe". Foundation for Economic Education. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b "About - Free the People". freethepeople.org.
  3. ^ a b "Staff - FreedomWorks". www.freedomworks.org. 15 October 2013.
  4. ^ Matt Kibbe Archived January 14, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, FreedomWorks
  5. ^ Matt Kibbe Archived 2010-09-29 at the Wayback Machine, HarperCollins Publishers
  6. ^ Kibbe, Matt (November 12, 2016). "Politics really is broken, so let's finish the job, President-Elect Trump". foxnews.com.
  7. ^ "Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson to Advocate for Third Party Inclusion". good4utah.com. November 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Matt Kibbe on Meteors, Millennials and How the Election Is Really Rigged". glennbeck.com. 21 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Matt Kibbe". The Federalist Society. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  10. ^ Levingston, Steven (August 29, 2010). "Political Bookworm - Book World". The Washington Post.

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