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Libertarian Party of Oregon
Chairman Jeff Weston
Senate Leader None
House Leader None
Founded 1971
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Ideology Libertarianism
National affiliation Libertarian Party (United States)
Color(s) Yellow1;
a shade of Blue

1Sometimes used by the media to distinguish from the Democratic Party.

The Libertarian Party of Oregon is a political party organized as a Minor Party pursuant to state election law[1], and recognized by the State of Oregon as a state-wide nominating party[2]. It was organized in 1971 as one of the first state affiliates of the newly established national Libertarian Party, which nominated Oregon party member Theodora Nathan as its vice presidential candidate at its 1972 convention. Affiliated local committees have been organized in 13 of Oregon's counties.[3] At 0.8% of Oregon's affiliated registered voters as of 2004, the party still ranks third behind the state's two major parties, Republican and Democratic.[4]


Current Number of Members



Theodora Nathalia Nathan, the party's nominee for Vice President of the United States, earns the first electoral vote ever cast for a woman.
Richard Burke ran for Governor in a seven way race and finished third with 2% of the vote.
Mitch Shults ran for State Treasurer, received the endorsement of the Salem Statesman Journal and got 4% of the vote in a five way race.
20 Libertarian candidates ran for office, 14 of those for the Oregon Legislative Assembly. The Libertarian candidate for Governor of Oregon that year, Tom Cox, garnered 5% of the vote.
The number of Oregon Libertarian candidates rose to 32, nearly half of them recent converts to the party, according to Richard Burke, state executive director.[4]
Libertarian Richard Morley ran for Governor, in the party's only run for statewide office. The party fielded candidate Drake Davis in Oregon's 1st congressional district, and had candidates in 13 state legislative campaigns. None of the party's candidates was elected.
Michael Jingozian runs for president. Although he doesn't win the nomination, Michael wins election as vice chair of the Libertarian National Committee.


The party is governed by a State Committee consisting of statewide party officers and delegates from each organized Affiliated County Party (ACP). A convention is held annually at which the statewide officers, who serve one year terms, are elected. The convention may serve as a nominating convention during election years.[3]


  • Jeff Weston, Chairman
  • Wes Wagner, Vice-Chair
  • Bruce Knight, Secretary
  • Mark Vetanen, Treasurer

State Chair History

  • Present - Jeff Weston
  • 2008-2010 - Joseph Cornwell
  • 2008 - H. Joe Tabor
  • 2007-2008 - Wes Wagner
  • 2007 - Don Smith
  • 2007 - Alfredo Torrejon
  • 2004-2007 - Adam Mayer
  • 2003-2004 - Tom Cox
  • 2001-2003 - Mitch Shults
  • 1999-2001 - Adam Mayer
  • 1998-1999 - Bruce Knight
  • 1996-1998 - Kristopher Barret
  • 1996 - Tom Cox
  • 1996 - Daniel Wilson
  • 1995-1996 - Michael Wilson


Wes Wagner, Libertarian Party of Clackamas County vice-chair, sued the party and its officers in December 2006. Wagner's suit alleged that the party did not obey its own bylaws with regards to its fiduciary obligations. The case was dismissed in Washington County Court, though it was rumored it was pending appeal, for quite some time.[6]

This was settled by a resolution from the body at the January 2008 Libertarian Party of Oregon's Annual Business Convention.


  1. ^ "2005-2006 Election Laws: Constitutional and Statutory Provisions," Oregon Elections Division official website
  2. ^ "Political Parties in Oregon," Oregon Elections Division official website
  3. ^ a b "Organization" (Webpage). Libertarian Party of Oregon. Libertarian Party of Oregon. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  4. ^ a b Har, Janie (August 17, 2004). "Libertarians find clout in role". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Oregonian Publishing): pp. B1. 
  5. ^ Retrieved 2/09/10
  6. ^ Har, Janie (January 22, 2007). "Libertarians ask court to solve party infighting". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 

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