Thursday, March 20, 2014 – LPC proudly announces that Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico Governor who was chosen as the Libertarian Party’s nominee for their 2012 presidential campaign, will address this month’s annual convention via webcast.
Johnson, who was Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2003, started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay his way through college. In twenty years, he grew that business into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico, employing more than 1,000 workers. Johnson brings a well-honed business mentality to governing, believing that public policy decisions should be based on costs and benefits rather than strict ideology.
Gov. Johnson vetoed more than 750 bills during his time in office – more than all other governors combined, which earned him the nickname “Governor Veto.” He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. When he left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget. Term-limited, Johnson retired from public office in 2003.
Governor Johnson formed the Our America Initiative, a 501(c)(4) non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy. He traveled to more than 30 states and spoke to more than 150 conservative and libertarian groups during his time as the Party’s Honorary Chairman. In the 2012 presidential election, Johnson garnered more votes than any other Libertarian candidate in history. To participate in Gov. Johnson’s webcast at our convention, please visit LPC’s 2014 convention website and plan to be at the convention March 28-30 at the Holiday Inn in Visalia, California.