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Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania

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Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania
ChairpersonSteve Scheetz[1]
Senate leaderNone
House leaderNone
Headquarters3915 Union Deposit Road, Box#223 Harrisburg, PA 17109
Constitutional democracy
Fiscal conservatism
Limited government
Market liberalism
Social tolerance
National affiliationLibertarian Party
ColorsA dark shade of grey or blue; golden yellow

The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania is the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Libertarian Party. The state chair is Steve Scheetz, resident of Langhorne, Bucks County.

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The largest third party in the United States today is the Libertarian Party. How long has the Libertarian Party been in existence? What are some of the Libertarian beliefs? In June of 1972, the Libertarian Party held its first national convention. Those in attendance chose the name “Libertarian Party” over the “New Liberty Party” which was the second place choice. At this convention, the new party also nominated John Hospers as its first presidential candidate. Six years later, in 1978, Dick Randolph became the first Libertarian to win public office. He was elected to the state legislature in Alaska. By 1980, the party had grown enough to officially become the third largest party in the United States. In that same year, the party achieved ballot access in all fifty states. This means that the Libertarian Party presidential candidate appeared on the ballot in all fifty states, alongside the Republican and Democrat candidates. The Libertarian presidential candidate also achieved ballot access in all fifty states in 1992 and 1996. This made them the only third party in history to achieve ballot access in all fifty states in two consecutive elections. Similar to the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant, the Libertarian Party has chosen an animal to serve as a mascot. In the early 1990s, a penguin was chosen to represent the party, which became known as the Liberty Penguin. However, in 2006, the penguin was largely replaced by the Libertarian porcupine, which is now used regularly by the Libertarian Party. The Statue of Liberty is also a regularly used party symbol. In 1972, the Libertarians adopted an official slogan to help promote their party. This slogan, “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” was used by the party for many years, including the slogan’s abbreviation “TANSTAAFL.” Today, the party’s official slogan is “The Party of Principle.” In terms of their political beliefs, Libertarians are often thought to be economically conservative while being socially liberal. This means that they support many Republican philosophies in terms of economic matters and many Democratic philosophies in terms of cultural matters. Ultimately, the guiding principle to Libertarian positions is that they believe the government should have as little involvement with an individual’s day-to-day life as possible. Economically, Libertarians believe that the government should have a “hands off” approach to the economy. This would mean the government should not attempt to regulate the economy, but instead let the free market, and natural competition amongst businesses, dictate things like prices and employee wages. Libertarians also believe in free trade and free travel between nations. They feel that governments place unnecessary restraints on the movement of people and products. Many Libertarians also support the legalization of what they feel are “victimless crimes”. This would include the legalization of most drugs, prostitution, gambling, and other similar activities. They hold this belief because they feel that the government should not restrict an individual’s personal liberty. The Libertarian stances on these issues are amongst the most controversial that the party holds. Libertarians also believe things such as public schools and public healthcare should not exist. Instead, they feel that the private sector could do a better, and more efficient, job in both of these areas. Additionally, they argue that government regulation of the environment should not be necessary. They feel that private landowners would have a much stronger interest in maintaining the health and cleanliness of their own land. Libertarians are also strong supporters of unrestricted free speech. They oppose the government using its authority to censor someone who might be speaking out against the government. They defend the rights of all individuals to express dissent, whether it be through free speech or free press. This is not every belief promoted by the Libertarian Party as there are too many to be listed in this lesson. It should also be remembered that not every Libertarian shares each of these beliefs. It is difficult to categorize an entire group of people in broad terms. The party includes a wide variety of people who have their own opinions on many of these topics. The Libertarian Party has experienced varied success over the course of its existence. In the 1990s, there were more than forty Libertarians holding elected office throughout the nation. However, as recently as the 2012 presidential election, the Libertarian candidate could only be found on the ballots of thirty states. Today, the Libertarian Party is experiencing a surge once again. The Libertarian candidate for president in both 2012 and 2016 was Gary Johnson (Johnson received more than one million votes in the 2012 presidential election). There are 145 Libertarians currently holding public offices throughout the United States and more than 400,000 Americans who are registered Libertarians. There are also numerous Independents, who claim to be Libertarians, living in states where they cannot register with the party.


Party Officers

On March 16, 2019, The following Officers were Elected to the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania:

Chair: Steve Scheetz

Eastern Vice Chair: Jennifer Moore

Central Vice Chair: Dr. William Sloane

Western Vice Chair: David Vesely

Secretary: Kathleen Smith

Treasurer: Kyle Burton

On April 27, 2019, the board of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania appointed Kevin Gaughen as Executive Director to the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania.

Contact Information for all Party Officers

LPPA Platform

Statement of Principles Revised June 8, 2013

Simply stated, the libertarian philosophy is, “Live and let live.” Each individual must be free to do as she or he pleases as long as she or he does not infringe upon the equal rights of others. This is the central idea of our Declaration of Independence.

More specifically, “live and let live” means that force must not be used on an individual, unless that person has initiated the use of force or fraud. This is the simple but powerful principle from which Libertarian Party's positions on all issues are logically and consistently derived.

All laws empower the government to use force on people. Some laws deter and punish those who would initiate force, as in murder, robbery or assault, for example. These laws are entirely consistent with the legitimate purpose of government, which is to protect and secure our rights. However, many other laws just restrict or even violate our rights, quite the opposite of protecting and securing them. Thus, our governments, as they grow ever larger, utilize oppressive force on peaceful people through their complex thicket of laws.

Libertarians advocate maximizing liberty by eliminating the use of force on honest, peaceful people.

Link to the Platform

Elected officeholders[2]

  • Rochelle Etzel — Assessor, Ashland Township
  • Ebert Beeman — Auditor, Waterford Township (Erie)
  • Barry Dively — Auditor, Silver Spring Township (Cumberland)
  • Jim Frymer — Auditor, Sugarcreek Borough (Venango)
  • Ron Goodman — Auditor, North Middleton Township (Cumberland)
  • Willie Harmon — Auditor, Pennbrook (Dauphin)
  • Doug Keegan — Auditor, Silver Spring Township (Cumberland)
  • Tom Martin — Auditor, Huston Township (Centre)
  • Terry Monn — Auditor, Monroe Township (Cumberland)
  • Greg R. Perry — Auditor, Rome Township (Bradford)
  • Matthew Schutter — Auditor, Penn Forest Township (Carbon)
  • Karen Simons — Auditor, Silver Spring Township (Cumberland)
  • Jason Aucker - Auditor, Spring Township (Snyder)
  • Derek P. Zona — Auditor, Marion Township (Beaver)
  • Mary Lea Lucas — Borough Council, Strattenville Borough (Clarion)
  • Erik Viker — Borough Council, Selinsgrove Borough (Snyder)
  • Berlie Etzel — Constable, Ashland Township (Clarion)
  • James Joy — Constable, Jackson Township (Mercer)
  • Charles Knepper — Constable, Hamiltonban Township (Adams)
  • Vance Mays — Constable, Sugarcreek (Venango)
  • Patricia Arndt — Inspector of Elections, Swissvale 2 (Allegheny)
  • Brian Bergman — Inspector of Elections, Wilkes Barre 1-1 (Luzerne)
  • John Goddard — Inspector of Elections, Precinct 05-03 (Cumberland)
  • Cheryl Gordon — Inspector of Elections, (Dauphin)
  • Brandon Magoon — Inspector of Elections, Precinct 1-6-6 (Erie)
  • Julie Perry — Inspector of Elections, Rome Township (Bradford)
  • William Shirk — Inspector of Elections, West Mifflin 9 (Allegheny)
  • Willie Harmon — Judge of Elections, (Dauphin)
  • Nicholas Hillman — Judge of Elections, Warminster District 4 (Bucks)
  • Dominic Hughes — Minority Inspector of Elections, Warminster District 4 (Bucks)
  • Obie Mild — Judge of Elections, Norristown 2-2 (Montgomery)
  • Joe Scinta — Judge of Elections, Hampden TWP 4 (Cumberland)
  • Betsy Summers — Judge of Elections, Wilkes Barre 6-1 (Luzerne)
  • David Moser — School Board, York City (York)
  • Ray Ondrusek — School Board, Eastern Lebanon County (Lebanon)
  • Michael Decker — Township Supervisor, Halifax Township (Dauphin)
  • Michael Robertson — Township Supervisor, Licking Township (Clarion)
  • Mark Wicks — Township Supervisor, Upper Tulpehocken Township (Berks)
  • Adam M. Tomaino — Majority Inspector of Elections, Murrysville-Manordale (Westmoreland)
  • Drew G. Bingaman -- Constable, City of Sunbury, 6th Ward
  • Jennifer Moore - Auditor, Upper Providence Township, (Montgomery)

Vote totals for Libertarian candidates in Pennsylvania

Federal elections

U.S. President

Year Candidate Votes Percentage
1980 Ed Clark 33,263 0.73%
1984 David Bergland 6,982 0.14%
1988 Ron Paul 12,051 0.27%
1992 Andre Marrou 21,477 0.43%
1996 Harry Browne 28,000 0.62%
2000 11,248 0.23%
2004 Michael Badnarik 21,185 0.40%
2008 Bob Barr 19,912 0.33%
2012 Gary Johnson 49,991 0.87%
2016 146,715 2.38%

U.S. Senate

Year Candidate Votes Percentage
1980 David K. Walter 18,595 .42%
1982 Barbara I. Karkutt 19,244 .53%
1988 Henry E. Haller II 11,822 .27%
1992 John Perry 219,319 4.6%
1994 Donald Ernsberger 59,115 1.68%
1998 Jack Iannantuono 46,103 1.6%
2000 John Featherman 45,775 1.00%
2004 Betsy Summers 79,263 1.43%
2012 Rayburn Smith 96,926 1.7%
2016 Edward T. Clifford III 235,142 3.89%
2018 Dale Kerns 50,153 1.00%


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  2. ^ "Elected Libertarians".

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