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Andre Verne Marrou

Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 5th (Seat B) district
In office
January 14, 1985 – January 19, 1987
Preceded by Milo H. "Doc" Fritz
Succeeded by Claude E. "Swack" Swackhammer

Born December 4, 1938 (1938-12-04) (age 71)
Nixon, Texas, United States
Political party Libertarian

Andre Verne Marrou (born December 4, 1938) is an American political figure, affiliated with the Libertarian Party.

Born in Nixon, Texas, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962.

One of twelve Libertarians to be elected to a state legislature, Marrou served in the Alaska House of Representatives for one term, from 1985 to 1987. Marrou first ran for the House in 1982, placing second in a three-way race. The winner, 73 year old Milo H. "Doc" Fritz, had previously been elected to House terms in 1966 and 1972 from a different district. Viewed as ineffective during his last term, Fritz would lose to Marrou in 1984 by 53 votes. The Democratic nominee, Chris Martin, ran in both 1982 and 1984 and placed last both times.

Marrou's tenure in the House was best described as confrontational towards both the conventions of the Legislature and the members of the major parties. Running for reelection in 1986, he would lose to Claude E. "Swack" Swackhammer, a former Alaska State Trooper, by over 600 votes.

Already well-embraced by Libertarians in the Lower 48, Marrou left Alaska immediately following his defeat and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, planning his next move.

He was the party's vice-presidential nominee in the 1988 election; on the ballot in 46 states and the District of Columbia,[1] U.S. Congressman Ron Paul and Marrou placed third in the popular vote with 432,179 votes (0.5%),[2] behind Bush-Quayle and Dukakis-Bentsen.[3] Paul and Marrou were kept off the ballot in Missouri, and received votes there only when written in, due to what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called a "technicality".[4]

In the 1992 election, Marrou was the party's presidential nominee, on the ballot in all 50 states and DC, receiving 291,627 votes (0.28%).


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Alaska House of Representatives
Preceded by
Milo Fritz
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives from Seat B, 5th district
January 14, 1985 – January 19, 1987
Succeeded by
C.E. Swackhammer
Party political offices
Preceded by
James A. Lewis
Libertarian Party Vice Presidential nominee
Succeeded by
Nancy Lord
Preceded by
Ron Paul
Libertarian Party Presidential nominee
Succeeded by
Harry Browne


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