First Libertarian to Win a Legislative Election in 20 Years Takes Office Today

Marshall Burt is the first member of a state legislature to be elected as a Libertarian since 2000, and he will be sworn in to his new office on Tuesday, January 12th at 9am Mountain Time. Back in November he defeated a long-time incumbent in a 2-way race to represent Wyoming’s 39th district.

While there have been numerous Libertarian legislators over the past two decades, all of them were elected under the banner of a different party and then joined the LP while in office.

Burt won his seat as a featured candidate in the Libertarian Party’s Frontier Project, which seeks to target resources, assistance, and talent on winning specific state legislative seats and local offices.

You can watch live on the swearing-in ceremony live on the Wyoming Legislature’s YouTube Channel.

Burt will become the second Libertarian currently sitting in a legislature, joining John Andrews who left the Republican Party in December to become Maine’s first ever Libertarian state representative.

UPDATE: The press release from the Libertarian National Committee claimed that Burt was the first Libertarian to be elected to a state legislature since 1994 and we repeated that claim. We have now corrected this story to reflect that a pair of Libertarian candidates were most recently elected to the NH state house in 1998 and 2000. Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for the clarification.

 

4 thoughts on “First Libertarian to Win a Legislative Election in 20 Years Takes Office Today

  1. Trent Hill

    Glad to see this covered on IPR. The frontier project is clearly working, the LP was very close to having two legislators in Wyoming.

  2. Richard Winger

    The sentence in the press release, “Marshall Burt is the first member of a state legislture to be elected as a Libertarian since 1994” is not true. In 1998 Neil Randall was on the Vermont ballot as a “Libertarian/Republican” and in 2000 Steve Vaillancourt was on the New Hampshire as “Libertarian”. They both won. I am disappointed in the national LP office for not getting the press release right.

  3. Austin Cassidy Post author

    Richard,

    Thanks for the information, I am also surprised the LP’s press released missed that. I remembered Randall but figured that he must have been R/L and not L/R and that was the reason for their distinction. Completely forgot about Steve Vaillancourt.

    I’ll update this item to reflect the corrected dates.

  4. George Whitfield

    Thank you Marshall Burt, for running for the legislature in Wyoming and congratulations on your win. I hope you will be the start of a trend. I am impressed by the Frontier Project and would like for it to continue.

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