Gary Johnson | 2016 Election
 
 
 
Gary Johnson  
   






Potential 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate

Former Governor of New Mexico


Gary Earl Johnson
Born: January 1st, 1953  (age 61)

The former construction company owner, mountaineer and competitive triathlete, governed New Mexico for two terms as a Republican. One of the few unqualified gubernatorial success stories for the Republican Party over the last couple of decades, his entry into politics was a low-key affair, driven mainly by a core of loyal backers. The then politically-inexperienced Johnson was hardly given a chance in the run up to the New Mexico gubernatorial race of 1994, especially after being rebuffed by state Republican leaders who ‘suggested’ that he should instead seek a seat in the State Legislature first.

However, his convictions and doggedness saw him scrapping past his Republican challenger in the primary, Richard P. Cheney, by a mere 1%, securing 34% of the ballots. The win was all the more impressive considering his campaign was funded almost entirely from his own $500,000 contribution. In the general election, with the Republican Party machinery firmly behind him, Johnson soundly, although very surprisingly, defeated the incumbent Governor, Democrat Bruce King, by an impressive 10 points. He repeated the feat four years later by beating Democrat Albert Chavez by another comprehensive ten-point margin to win reelection – impressive feats in a state with an over 40% Latino population.

His time in office was typified by aggressive cost cutting measures aimed at eliminating the state’s budget deficit and spending growth. Johnson, armed with the lessons learned building his construction firm, was known to be a decisive, yet collaborative operator who is most often remembered as the Governor who never increased taxes during his tenure.

In 2012, Johnson joined the Libertarian Party after severing his ties with the GOP.




Compare Gary Johnson with others            




Other Possible 2016 Presidential Candidates



Physician, Author and Citizen Politician
U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
U.S. Senator from Texas
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
U.S. Senator from Florida
U.S. Senator from Kentucky
Former Governor of Florida
Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Current Vice-President of the United States
Current Vice-President of the United States
U.S. Senator from Ohio
U.S. Senator from Florida
U.S. Senator from South Carolina
Former college football coach and 2012 presidential candidate
Libertarian activist and former Vice-Chair of the Libertarian National Committee
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
 



The 2016 will be held between January and June, the in August and/or September and the on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016