27-29 April 2018, Long Beach

2018 Libertarian Convention






Our annual California Libertarian Convention, hosted in Long Beach California, brings together the brightest, freedom-loving, politically-engaged Libertarians from across the state. Join us as we discuss the future of the Libertarian Party in California.


Date April 27 – 29, 2018
Venue Long Beach Marriott 4700 Airport Plaza Dr Long Beach, CA 90815 View special hotel rates
Location 22 miles from LAX 24 miles from Downtown Los Angeles 1 mile from Long Beach Airport View Map
Contact info@ca.lp.org

Featured Speakers

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from some of the most distinguished voices in the party discuss the pressing issues and exciting opportunities Libertarians face in the coming months.

The full list of speakers, their bios, and the event schedule can be found below.


Business Access

  • Delegate access to business only


Premium Access

$110/ person
  • Full access to convention
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday
  • Addon: Saturday Night Banquet with Special Speakers ($110)


Most Popular

Platinum Access

$330/ person
  • Full access to convention
  • Breakfast & lunch each day
  • Banquet dinner



Our host hotel this year is the Long Beach Marriott’s! They have locked in a great rate for our attendees until the end of 2017.

  • Free Shuttle from the Long Beach Airport
  • Free Parking on site
  • Free In-Room Internet

You can book for $139/night using our custom link below: Book Hotel Room


Spanning three days and covering dozens of exciting topics, our speakers will keep you engaged, educated, and inspired.

This schedule is tentative and is subject to change. Speakers will be added to the schedule once it’s been finalized.

  • First DayApril 27
  • Second DayApril 28
  • Third DayApril 29

Pre-Reception 6:00-7:00 pm
Reception 7:00-10:00 pm
Author, “Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It”

Judge James Gray

Received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Southern California in 1971 and practiced law in both the public and private sectors until being named to the Santa Ana Municipal Court in 1983. Judge Gray was the 2012 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate.

Potential Supreme Court nominee under candidate Gary Johnson

Tom Campbell

Is an American academic, educator and former politician. He is currently a Professor of Law at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law, and a Professor of Economics at the George Argyros School of Business and Economics, at Chapman University. Mr. Campbell is a former Republican US Congressman from California, and former member of the California State Senate.

Nicholas Sarwark

Nicholas Sarwark was first elected as chair of the Libertarian National Committee in June 2014, and is serving his second term as chair after being re-elected in 2016. Born in 1979, Sarwark is an unabashed, second generation Libertarian with a strong commitment to fighting on the party’s behalf against unfair ballot access obstacles and exclusion of qualified candidates from public debates.

Larry Sharpe

Larry Sharpe is an American business consultant and political activist. He was a Libertarian candidate for Vice President in 2016. He is founder and Managing Director at NeoSage. He is running for Governor of New York state in 2018.

Sophia Cope

Sophia Cope is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s civil liberties team, working on a variety of free speech and privacy issues. She has been a civil liberties attorney for over a decade and has experience in both litigation and policy advocacy. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, Slate, and Huffington Post.

Governor William Weld

Is an American attorney, businessman, and politician who was the 68th Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. He was the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election, sharing the ticket with Gary Johnson. Johnson and Weld were together the first presidential ticket since 1948 to consist of two state governors.

Matt Welch

Matt Welch is editor at large of Reason, the libertarian magazine of “Free Minds and Free Markets.” He served as Reason’s editor in chief from 2008-2016. He is co-author, along with Nick Gillespie, of the 2011 book The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America, which Tyler Cowen called “the up-to-date statement of libertarianism.” Welch also wrote the 2007 book McCain: The Myth of a Maverick.

Registration 7:30-9:00 am
Keynote Speaker 9:00-10:00 am
Party Business 10:00-noon
Lunch with Speaker noon-1:30 pm
Party Business 1:30-4:30 pm
County Executive Committee Summit 4:30-6:00 pm
Governor Candidate’s Debate 6:00-7:00 pm
Banquet 7:00-10:00 pm

New Speaker

Many more speakers will be announced as we get closer to the event so stay tuned!

Registration 7:30-9:00 am
Keynote Speaker 9:00-10:00 am
Party Business 10:00-noon
Lunch with Speaker noon-1:30 pm
Party Business 1:30-4:30 pm
Executive Committee Meeting 4:30-6:00

New speakers

Many more speakers will be announced as we get closer to the event so stay tuned!