A new chairman has been elected to the Libertarian National Committee at the 2020 National Convention.
Joseph Bishop-Henchman, who served as an at-large member of the LNC from 2018-2020 was elected on the second ballot for the chairman election. Bishop-Henchman received 43.81% of the vote in the first round with Joshua Smith, also an at-large member from 2018-2020, coming in second with 33.71% of the vote. Tony D’Orazio, Chairman of the New York Libertarian Party came in a distant third with 8.87% of the vote.
After the first round of voting, Jacob Lamont, who came in 4th place with 6.19%, withdrew his name from consideration and Mike Shipley, who came in 5th place with 3.92% of the vote, was dropped as he was the lowest vote getter.
A motion was then put forth to drop all candidates except Joe Bishop-Henchman, Joshua Smith, and NOTA. The motion passed by 2/3rd vote. Therefore, Tony D’Orazio was dropped from the ballot as well.
On the second ballot, Joseph Bishop-Henchman won with 54.49% of the vote, while Joshua Smith obtained 39.11%.
Joseph Bishop-Henchman is an attorney who currently works as Vice President of Tax Policy & Litigation at the National Taxpayers Union. He is married to Ethan Bishop-Henchman and lives in Washington D.C., where he is the chairman of the Washington D.C. Libertarian Party. He received several notable endorsements, including from the Libertarian Pragmatist Caucus, Nicholas Sarwark, his predecessor as chairman, and Tim Hagan, the LNC Treasurer.