Libertarian Party

Timeline created by Alexandra Leyva
  • Was Founded

    All this took place in David Nolan's house. Ex- Republicans, and Democrates hoped to create a different party compared to the old ones.
  • 1st National Convention

    It was held in Denver, Colorado. A philosophy professor at USC is nominated a presidential candidate. Tonis Nathan the vice president candidate becomes the 1st women in the U.S. to receive electoral votes.
  • Dick Randoph

    He was the first libertarian to be elected to be in the state legislature. He represented Alaska and was re elected.
  • Presidential Candidate

    Ed Clark appeared on the ballot in all 50 states. He also earned about 1 million votes. His campaign gave America its first look at the Libertarian Party, throught tv ads.
  • 1st Time

    For the first time in Libertariian history they come in 3rd place for the race for president in 39 states. The guys running were David Bergland and Jim Lewis. In Alaska Andre Marrou becme the third Libertarian to be elected into the legislature for that state.
  • Division over Social Issues

    The party begins to divide over social isseus. For example, anti-abortion. In the end Ron Paul desides to run against the party and became a Republican. But he had a huge influence on what the Libertarian Party is like.
  • Resign

    Cal Warburton and Finlay Rothhaus resign from the Republican Party and join the Libertarian Party. They were the state legislators from New Hampshire.
  • LP Director

    The Libertarian Party Director Stuart Reges went to testify in front of Congress to ask the legislation to make it easier fot third parties to appear on the presidential debates.
  • Harry Browne

    During these elections the Libertarian Party becomes the first third party in the U.S. to get ballots in all of the 50 states. That made it to be two presidential elections in a row. This year they nominates Harry Browns who was a best selling author at the time. He was able to win about 486,000 votes and that became the 2nd best showing of the party's history. After the elections 7 Libertarians were elected/re elected.
  • Record Setting for the Party

    There were 39 Libertarians elected into office this year. Four of them were city councils for Michigan, Idaho, Ohio, and Washington. This was all part of the record setting election year of the Libertarian Party.
  • African American Civil Rights Leaders Join

    Roy Innis a African American civil rights leader and Art Bell a talk radio powerhouse join the party. They are able to put out their message out there to more people anf influence people about joining the party.
  • New Record

    There was a reecord for running candidates. There were 853 running candidates in 44 states. One of them was Neil Randal who won the election for state representative in Vermont. In the end, 19 of the libetarian party candidates won.
  • Anaheim, CA Convention

    At the convention they nominate HArry Browne again for President and Art Oliver for vice-president. They also had 1,436 libertarian candidates. Which included 256 of them for the House. that was the 1st time where a 3rd party contested for the majority of Congressional seats in over 80 years. In the end, the presidential votes come up to about 382,892 and 34 Libertarians were elected.
  • Record 76

    That November there were 300 candidate. Out of all of them 76 were elected and that was record setting. A study reported that the LB party as the most successful 3rd party in the last 50 yrs. There were about 500 Libertarians holding office.
  • Michael Badnarik

    They nominate him for president in the national convention that took place in Atlanta. He gets 397,367 votes in 48 states. He did not end up winning but libertarians running in the House got over 1,053,000 votes.
  • 2008 Elections

    The party nominates Bob Barr for president at the national convention in Denver. The presidential ticket gets 523,686 votes in November. There were 50 Libertarians elected or re-elected to public office. Two Libertarian candidates in Texas and Georgia each receive over one million votes. Those running for U.S. House receive over 1,078,000 votes, breaking the congressional million-vote for the fourth time.