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Andrew Ulysses Dwight Straw
Founder, Disability Party
Personal details
Born (1969-03-19) March 19, 1969 (age 48)
Camp LeJeune Naval Hospital, North Carolina
Political party Disability Party
Spouse(s) None
Residence Streamwood, Illinois
Alma mater Indiana University
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
University of Otago
Occupation Attorney
Civil Rights Attorney
Religion Private

He is the Chairman of the Disability Party of Indiana/Illinois, which formed for the first time in the United States on February 5, 2013, in Indiana.

Straw was the Disability Party's candidate for Indiana Secretary of State, and the 2012 Green Party nominee for U.S. House of Representatives representing Indiana's 2nd Congressional District, but he was ultimately denied ballot access by the Indiana Secretary of State on July 27, 2012.[1]


Straw was born on March 19, 1969, at Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune located in Jacksonville, North Carolina.[2][3]


  • Northridge High School, Middlebury, Indiana - National Merit Scholar, National Honor Society
  • Indiana University, Bachelor's in English & Philosophy (Political Science minor) (1992)
  • Indiana University, Master's degree in Language Education (1995)
  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D. (1997)
  • University of Otago (Dunedin, NZ), Graduate Studies in Bioethics & Health Law (2004) [4]


Straw's professional background includes being the founder and president of the Indiana Center for Excellence in Government, which has conducted studies on lithium concentrations in drinking water in Indiana's 2nd Congressional District, as well as a survey of local government communications and whether they are accessible. In particular, whether local government agencies provide email and fax contact information on the Internet.[5]

Straw is a member of the bar in Indiana. He is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He has worked as a statistical analyst for the Indiana Supreme Court, collecting and analyzing data for over 400 Indiana trial courts and focusing on disabilities in the judicial system. Straw previously co-chaired the committee on Education of Bench & Bar for the Virginia State Bar Task Force on Technology. Click here to view Straw's CV online.

Straw was in-house corporate counsel for Alan M. Voorhees, who allegedly designed the Interstate Highway System and the Metro in Washington, D.C. Voorhees owned Autometric, the satellite intelligence company that keeps all American military and air traffic safe. He also own the company that invented the Bar Code used in retail, the company that invented the compression software for the FBI fingerprint database, and the company that invented Google Earth. Voorhees was a frogman in WWII, mapping islands and blowing up obstacles for island invasions in the Pacific. He and another frogman swam up Nagasaki Harbor immediately after the bomb was dropped and mapped the port and surveyed the damage. Straw represented Voorhees in corporate matters, education donations, government negotiations, and nonprofit work. He trained at the Council for Excellence in Government in 2000 with top-level civil servants from Health & Human Services. Voorhees founded the Council in the 1980s, and it had all living ex-U.S. presidents on its board of directors.


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Straw's candidacy for appointment as superior court judge was supported by his work on trial judge analysis and court technology at the Indiana Supreme Court. Straw was law clerk for the Hon. Joseph Spruill in Virginia's 15th judicial district in 2000, and provided research for the judge on Virginia's death penalty for a triple murder arson trial. He also worked on trial court technology at the Virginia State Bar Task Force on Technology, and on a court automation project promoted by transportation legend Alan Voorhees.[6]


See also: Indiana's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Straw initially declared his intent to run in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Indiana's 2nd District. The Secretary of State, Connie Lawson (R), denied his petition on July 27, 2012 on grounds that Straw had submitted one signature on his petition. According to Straw, there was no mention of his statutory or constitutional objections. Namely, since Lawson was appointed and the number of signatures needed depended on the number of votes she received, only one was required.[1][7]

According to Straw, he left the Democratic Party after the mayor-elect of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, his Democratic opponent, Brendan Mullen and the new district chair, Mike Schmuhl, announced their solution to the inaccessibility at headquarters. Straw claims the ramp is several feet too short (making the slope dangerously high), and contains no railings. In addition, the ramp twists because the sidewalk outside is at an incline from right to left.[8]

Straw's Indiana Civil Rights Commission disability access complaint against the Indiana Democratic Party of September 2012 is ongoing, and was unsuccessful in mediation.

On January 3, 2012, Straw announced his switch to the Green Party. Straw had previously been a regional male co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Straw was the 2012 Indiana delegate to the Green Party National Convention, and as such was a member of the Green National Committee through 2/5/2013, when he founded the Disability Party.

On March 4, 2012, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein stumped for Straw in South Bend and in his home town of Goshen.[9]

After hearing he had been disqualified from the ballot, Straw addressed a letter to the Secretary of State, in which he wrote: "I am stunned at the way you so cavalierly disregarded our constitution’s guarantees of equality and prohibition on privileging certain groups like your Republican and Democratic parties."[1]

Straw was a presidential elector for Stein, and received 625 write-in votes on her behalf in 2012.


  • Straw was endorsed by the Indiana Green Party on January 3, 2012. [10] The Lavender Greens, the LGBT caucus of the Green Party of the United States, endorsed him also.
  • Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein campaigned for Straw in South Bend and his home, Goshen on March 4-5, 2012.
  • 11-year dean of the IU-Maurer School of Law, Prof. Fred Aman. June 27, 2011.
  • Professor Jiefen Li, a Chinese law professor and expert on human rights, administrative law, and labor rights in China.
  • Mr. Skip Potter, computer architect for Alan M. Voorhees, Autometric, and Boeing.


Straw lives in Streamwood, Illinois, and has 2 children, Ava and Manu. Straw is fluent in English and Italian, as are his children. He also speaks some German and some French.[11]

Captain Jason Lee Straw[edit]

Straw's brother, Capt. Jason Lee Straw, is a critical care trauma nurse in the U.S. Air Force. He has served two tours in Afghanistan. During his second tour, Capt. Straw served as a CCAT nurse. His responsibilities included flying as part of 3-person team from Afghanistan to Germany, while helping keep severely injured amputees alive.

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