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.