Nicholas Hensley Now Officially the Reform Party National Chairman

Longtime Reform Party National Committee Secretary Nicholas Hensley officially became chairman of the party on December 3 after outgoing chairman Bill Merrell took an early exit from the post.

Hensley was elected chairman at the virtual 2020 Reform National Convention last summer but his term was not expected to begin until next year.

“It’s Wikipedia official!” wrote Hensley on Facebook with the following image:

Hensley is the eleventh chairman since Ross Perot founded the party in 1995. In addition to Merrell, Russ Verney, Jack Gargan, Pat Choate, Gerald Moan, Lou Ann Jones, Shawn O’Hara, Rodney Martin, Charles Foster, and David Collison all have held the position.

After Perot’s strong performance in the 1996 presidential election and Jesse Ventura’s 1998 election as Governor of Minnesota, the party has decreased in prominence since 2000, when it nominated Pat Buchanan for president.  In the 2020 election, its ticket of Rocky De La Fuente for president and Darcy Richardson for vice president appeared on the ballot representing the Reform Party only in Florida.

Hensley hopes to revive the party and is already looking to recruit candidates for the state elections in Virginia and New Jersey in 2021.

14 thoughts on “Nicholas Hensley Now Officially the Reform Party National Chairman

  1. Richard Winger

    To me, it is not easy to justify keeping the Reform Party going, given that there are now so many competing centrist national parties. They include the Alliance Party, the American Solidarity Party, and the Unity Party. And given that the Reform Party has no ballot-qualified parties in any states, as far as I know, it seems a very heavy burden to revive the Reform Party. I have read, and believe that it is true, that the Florida Reform Party is now the Alliance Party affiliate for Florida. The Reform Party went off the ballot in Louisiana by not running any candidates in a 4-year period. Conceivably it is still on in Mississippi, but Shawn O’Hara died a few years ago and I don’t think anyone else in Mississippi cares about the party.

  2. John Killian

    Several have posted that the Reform Party in Florida has affiliated with the Alliance Party. I question the accuracy of this statement. Chairman Hensley needs to be asked.
    The two parties came together to support Rocque DeLaFuente, but I do not believe the Reform Party has folded into the Alliance Party

  3. Longtime Reader

    How does the national Reform Party react to Florida’s disaffiliation? Will they set up a new party in that state, and if so what would it be called?

  4. Justice Apash

    “How does the national Reform Party react to Florida’s disaffiliation? Will they set up a new party in that state, and if so what would it be called?”

    I am not familiar with the innerworkings of the Reform Party but it seems that there isn’t much national party members to react to the disaffiliation and there is not a lot of people through which they could form a new party. If that is true then the Reform Party should merge.

  5. Ryan

    “J.R. Myers wrote:

    LOL, he is Chairman of an historical footnote .”

    Reform Party presidential vote in 2020 election – 5966
    J.R. Myers presidential vote in 2020 election – 1372

    Honestly, I’d join the Reform Party if it still existed in my state because my politics are heavily influenced by reform with a small r. They don’t exist, and neither does to cite Richard Winger Alliance, American Solidarity, or Unity parties in my state. I have inquired with the Alliance Party Political Director for where no state affiliate exists and never received a response.

  6. Ryan

    Mr. Richardson,

    I appreciate the response but I’ve thrown my hat in to grow the Libertarian Party in Indiana and am currently organizing a county chapter where I live and one does not exist. I did send an email to Michael Burger in early 2020 who did respond to me.

    Indiana is a tough sell anyway for you guys because a political party in my opinion can’t do anything without ballot access in any state, and until Indiana state law is changed, that requires 2% of the vote in the 2022 Secretary of State election, and getting many thousands of signatures to get on the ballot for a chance to get 2%. I’d be willing to help but as far as running a massive signature gathering campaign statewide, that’s beyond my talents and the available time I have working full-time and my family. One thing I notice when I go through all your state party chairs is how young some of them are. There’s a positive to that but there’s also a negative: I question how many of them really know anything about political organization and growing long-term. I’m at the organizing a county level now and trying to make sure I do things right, state level is beyond that.

    Best of luck, country needs more credible options than just the Republicans and Democrats. These past 2 elections prove that.

  7. George Phillies

    The Reform party is a qualified minor party (the term of art is ‘political designation’) in Massachusetts. The number of people who have registered as (the term of art is ‘enrolled in’) Reform Party members will be counted by our Secretary of the Commonwealth. You can run here as a Reform Party candidate, and that will be the party name placed on the ballot on the line under your name. (In Massachusetts you do not need to have a qualified group in order to register as a member of that party or to run as a candidate of that party.)

    The phrase “ballot access” is so misleading that it should not be used. In Indiana, that 2% means that you can nominate by convention, which in Indiana is an enormous plus.

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