Nebraska’s Laura Ebke Leaves GOP, Becomes First Libertarian State Senator

Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete left the Republican Party and registered as a Libertarian Party […]

“Republicans talk about fiscal responsibility, but they tend to place not such a high emphasis on civil liberties.”

Ebke said the approaching nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s presidential choice affected her decision “maybe a little (because) I can’t imagine myself voting for him.”

“But it’s less about Trump per se than what that reflects about the Republican Party,” she said.

Now, she said, she has a presidential nominee she can support.

The Libertarian Party last weekend chose former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as its nominee and paired him with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld as the party’s vice presidential nominee.

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Nebraska’s state legislature is unicameral and officially non-partisan, but the partisan affiliation of its members is widely known and reported. In her letter announcing the switch, Ebke emphasized her opposition to the Governor’s attack on the uniquely non-partisan nature of ‘the Unicameral’ with his condemnation of Republican Senators who voted against his wishes.

All previously elected Libertarian state legislators were in the lower house of a bicameral legislature.

The party’s other currently sitting legislator, Nevada Assemblyman John Moore, posted the following message on Facebook:

I just spoke to former GOP Nebraska State Senator Laura Ebke to welcome her to the Libertarian party and to congratulate her for her bold move and following my lead. I would encourage others to welcome her as well.
Twitter: @SenLauraEbke

Utah state Senator Mark Madsen also made an appearance at the Libertarian National Convention and endorsed Johnson and Weld for the party’s nomination, after having invited Gov. Gary Johnson to meet with both party’s caucuses in the Utah Senate.

7 thoughts on “Nebraska’s Laura Ebke Leaves GOP, Becomes First Libertarian State Senator

  1. Dave

    What’s Sen. Ebke’s district like? I seem to recall Assemblyman Moore is in a pretty Dem district, and was elected in large part due to a wave. It would be nice if Sen. Ebke could stand a decent chance of reelection. But good news regardless. Hopefully these things come in threes (or more).

  2. Gene Berkman

    “Senator Ebke is the first LP state senator ever?”

    Yes. However, in 1987 former Libertarian State Rep. Ken Fanning was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Alaska State Senate, but he had become a Republican by then. He did, however meet with Ron Paul in 1988 and endorsed Paul for President on the Libertarian ticket.

  3. Trent Hill

    Wow, a state senator in Nebraska and a state rep in Nevada. If you can get Madsen on board soon, the LP may really be on the cusp of something big.

  4. French Revolutionary

    You’re being sarcastic, correct? Sometimes it’s hard to know.

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