Libertarian Party of Indiana

The Libertarian Party of Indiana is the Indiana affiliate of the Libertarian Party.

Libertarian Party of Indiana
ChairpersonEvan McMahon
FoundedJuly 14, 1974
Headquarters1111 E 54th St, Ste 158
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 920-1994
National affiliationLibertarian Party (United States)
U.S. Senate
U.S. House
Statewide Executive Offices
State Senate
State House
Other elected officials7 (June 2024)[1]

History and operations


The founding meeting of the Libertarian Party of Indiana was held on July 14, 1974, at the Holiday Inn at Weir Cook Airport (now called the Indianapolis International Airport). Approximately 20–25 people attended including Paul Hyatt, Tom Duncan, Marvin Lazaro, Brian Bernstein, Dick Smith, Steve Butterbaugh, and Charlie Reisert. Reisert made the motion to start the Libertarian Party of Indiana. The first headquarters was located at 1430 N. Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis. The LPIN became a minor political party in 1994 after achieving ballot access when Steve Dillon received more than 2% of the vote running for Secretary of State.

In 2008, the Libertarian presidential ticket of Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root had their strongest showing in Indiana, receiving 1.1% of the vote (19,243 votes).[2] The party's best finish in a statewide race came in 2006 when US Senate candidate Steve Osborn received about 13% of the vote.[3] Osborn had the best result for a third-party candidate running for the Senate in the 2006 elections.

Officials and staff

Officers Officer Name (First, Last) [4]
Chairman Evan McMahon [5]
Vice-chairman Kristin Alexander [6]
Secretary Clayton Soultz [7]
Treasurer Michael Schultheiss [8]
Staff Staff Name (First, Last)
IT Director Charles Hagerman [9]
Political Director Josh Turner
Communication Director Andrew Smith [10]

State Central Committee

Congressional District Representative Name
1 John Schick [11]
2 Elizabeth Coquillard [12]
3 Kristi Avery [13]
4 Danny Lundy [14]
5 Lauri Shillings [15]
6 Luke Lomax [16]
7 Elizabeth 'Libby' Glass
8 Vacant
9 Darin Kinser [17]

National Committee Representative

Region Representative Name(First, Last)
3 Dustin Nanna [18]
Alternate Gregory Hertzsch [19]

Current elected officeholders


As of 2019, there are eight Libertarian members who hold elected office in Indiana.[20]

  1. Susan Bell – Town Judge, Hagerstown
  2. Cheryl Heacox – Advisory Board, Clay Township
  3. Larry Walters – Town Council, Dublin
  4. Jessica Wallace – Town Council, at large, Larwill
  5. Renee Sweeney – Town Council, Ossian
  6. Jamie Jo Owens – Trustee, Liberty Township
  7. Terry Coffman – Advisory Board, Liberty Township
  8. Dean Hartley – Advisory Board, Franklin Township
  9. Ryan Coby – Town Council, Milton
  10. Nathan Kring – City Council, Tipton
  11. Patricia Warner – Clerk-Treasurer, Claypool
  12. Matthew Kennedy – City Council, New Haven

Appointed officeholders


Several Libertarians have been appointed to offices in Indiana:[20]

  • Mark W. Rutherford – Chairman, Indiana Public Defender Commission (Since 2007)
  • Scott Baker – Elkhart County Innkeepers Tax Commission (Since 2006)
  • Joyce Morrell – Rush County Fiber Optic Board (Since 2016)
  • Tom Monka – Rush County Planning Commission (Since 2016)
  • Michael Dowden – Town of Brownsburg Economic Development Commission (2017–2020);[21] Town of Brownsburg Improvement Committee (2017);[21] Town of Brownsburg Redevelopment Authority (2014–2016)[22]
  • Paul Morrell – Chairman, Rush County Sheriff's Officer Merit Board (Since 2017)
  • Jeffrey Mauer – Carmel Economic Development Commission (Since 2020); Home Place Advisory Board (Since 2018)
  • Anna Elliott – Martinsville Board of Zoning Appeals, Vice-chair (Since 2019)
  • Shane Lemler – Vincennes Urban Enterprise Association Board (Since 2020)
  • Joel Samuelson – Culver Planning Commission (Since 2020)
  • Joseph Bachman – New Chicago Planning Commission (Since 2020); New Chicago Parks Board (Since 2020)
  • Jennifer Meador – Mooresville Board of Zoning Appeals (Since 2021)
  • Ryan Patterson – Secretary, Franklin County Economic Development Commission (Since 2021)

Past state chairs

Year Start Year End Name (First, Last)
1974 1976 Paul Hyatt
1976 1979 Sally (Heistand) Callin
1979 1980 Joseph Hauptmann
1981 N/A Joe Bryan (deceased)
1981 1982 Kevin Grant
1983 N/A Mike Fallahay
1984 1985 Steve Dasbach
1985 1986 Jim Reidenauer (deceased)
1986 1987 Dr. Walter Weeks
1987 1988 Roger Strater
1988 N/A Bonnie Flemmonds
1988 1989 Steve Dasbach
1989 1996 Dr. Barbara Bourland
1996 1998 Rob Shuford
1998 2000 Joseph Hauptmann
2000 2007 Mark Rutherford
2007 2009 Todd Singer
2009 2013 Sam Goldstein
2013 2015 Dan Drexler
2015 2017 Joseph Hauptmann
2017 2021 Timothy Maguire
2021 present Evan McMahon

Past candidates

  • Donald Rainwater was the 2020 LPIN nominee for Governor for Indiana. He lost to incumbent Governor Eric Holcomb, but he made a huge impact in the election having received 11.4% (345,567 votes) of the vote after polling as high as 25%. His success has invigorated the Libertarian Party of Indiana, especially in the light of his 2nd-place finish in 1/3 of the 92 counties. Their motto in the 2021 convention, "Level Up" has inspired them to make serious moves to be a party of contention in Indiana politics.[23]
  • Steve Osborn is an American politician. He was the 2006 Libertarian Party nominee for US Senate from Indiana.[24] He lost to incumbent Republican Senator Dick Lugar in the 2006 United States Senate election in Indiana.[24] He was Lugar's only opponent on the ballot in that election, as the Democratic Party did not field a candidate.[24] Osborn received about 13% of the vote, the best result for a Libertarian in the 2006 U.S. national-level elections.[3][25] His previous political experience includes attempted bids for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Representative in his home district in 2000 and 2002. Steve Osborn is from La Porte, Indiana.[24]
  • Paul Hager ran for the U.S. Representative in Indiana's 8th district in 1994, 1996, and 1998. Also, he ran for US Senate in 2000.[26][27] In 2002, he ran for Indiana Secretary of State[28] on the issue of voting reform.[29]



Awards are presented at the LPIN Convention each year. With the exception of one award, all winners are granted their award by a vote of the LPIN membership.[30]

Dr. Barbara Bourland Light of Liberty Award
The recipient is honored as the person most responsible for the growth of the party and dedication to the libertarian cause.[30]
Year Awarded Recipient (First, Last) County
2023 James Sceniak Johnson
2022 Donald Rainwater Hamilton
2021 Danny Lundy Morgan
2020 Kristi Avery Allen
2019 Bill Bean Marion
2018 Jeremiah Morrell Henry
2017 Rex Bell Wayne
2016 Karl Tatgenhorst Porter
2015 Greg Hertzsch Clark
2014 Beth Duensing Lake
2013 Chris Spangle Johnson
2012 Evan McMahon Marion
2011 Joyce Morrell Rush
2011 Paul Morrell Rush
2010 Allison Maguire Marion
2009 Dan Drexler LaPorte
2008 Timothy Maguire Marion
2007 Mike Kole Hamilton
2006 Greg Kelver LaPorte
2005 Rex Bell Wayne
2004 Phil Miller Hancock
2003 Rebecca Sink-Burris Monroe
2002 Sam Goldstein Marion
2001 Mark Rutherford Marion
2001 Andy Horning Marion
2000 Kurt St. Angelo Marion
1999 Steve Dillon Marion
Susan Bell Officeholder of the Year Award
Awarded to a current elected officeholder of the Libertarian Party that best promotes libertarian principles and values through public service.[30]
Year Awarded Recipient (First, Last) County
2023 Luke Jackson Morgan
2022 Susan Bell Wayne
2021 Nathan Kring Tipton
2020 Danny Lundy Morgan
2019 Jamie Jo Owens Henry
2018 Paul Morrell Rush
2017 Susan Bell Wayne
2016 Chris Mayo Marion
2015 Steve Coffman Henry
2014 Brad Klopfenstein Marion
2013 Al Cox Brown
2012 Mark Rutherford Marion
2011 Edward Coleman Marion
2010 Edward Coleman Marion
2009 Susan Bell Wayne
2006 Ed Dilts Johnson
Ken Bisson Outreach Award
Awarded to a party member who has striven to spread the message of libertarian principles to as many potential voters as is possible.[30]
Year Awarded Recipient (First, Last) County
2023 James Sceniak Johnson
2022 Cassandra Rolon Kosciusko
2021 Sam Goldstein Hamilton
2020 Chuck Pullen Lake
2019 Lucy Brenton Hamilton
2019 Danny Lundy Morgan
2018 Dakota Davis Henry
2017 Rodney Benker Johnson
2016 Rodney Benker Johnson
2015 Donna Dunn Lake
2014 Andrew Horning Owen
2013 Chris Spangle Johnson
2012 Rupert Boneham Marion
2011 Rex Bell Wayne
2010 Jerry Titus Howard
2010 Paul Morrell Rush
2009 Doug Horner Allen
2006 Mike Sylvester Allen
Joe Hauptmann Campaign Leadership Award
Awarded to a campaign volunteer who has worked above and beyond in an extraordinary fashion, and has significantly contributed to the success of a campaign.[30]
Year Awarded Recipient (First, Last) County
2023 Stephanie Dasbach Hamilton
2022 Danny Lundy Morgan
2021 Lauri Shillings Hamilton
2020 Kristi Avery Allen
2019 Jeff Maurer Hamilton
2017 Jeremiah Morrell Henry
2016 Angela Fisher Marion
2015 Michael Sandridge Lake
2013 Miah Akston Johnson
2012 Allison Maguire Marion
2012 Evan McMahon Marion
2012 Chris Gault Marion
2011 Dan Drexler LaPorte
2010 Paul Morrell Rush
2010 Jerry Titus Howard
2009 Melanie Hughes Floyd
2009 Allison Maguire Marion
2009 Tim Maguire Marion
2005 Sheri Conover Sharlow Grant
Phil Miller Candidate of the Year
Awarded to a Libertarian Candidate that has shown an extraordinary ability to reach and connect with voters, as well as further the cause of libertarianism.[30]
Year Awarded Recipient (First, Last) County
2023 Jeff Mauer Hamilton
2022 Kayla Coleman Jennings
2021 Donald Rainwater Hamilton
2020 Chris Guffey Henry
2019 Danny Lundy Morgan
2017 Lucy Brenton Hamilton
2016 Mike Gunyon Marion
2015 Chris Mayo Marion
2013 Rupert Boneham Marion
2012 Phil Miller Hancock
2011 Rebecca Sink-Burris Monroe
2009 Eric Schansberg Clark
2009 Rex Bell Wayne
2005 Kenn Gividen Bartholomew
Steve Dasbach Chairman's Award for Extraordinary Service
Awarded to an individual that has helped grow the Libertarian Party of Indiana in extraordinary ways over many years. This award is not voted on by LPIN membership, and it is the sole privilege of the Chair of the LPIN to award it to the recipient.[30]
Year Awarded Recipient (First, Last) County
2023 Greg Noland Madison
2022 Kristi Avery Allen
2021 Evan McMahon Marion
2020 Joe Hauptmann Boone
2019 Sam Goldstein Hamilton
2018 Frank Rossa Johnson
2017 Rex Bell Marion
2017 Rodney Benker Johnson
2017 Alyssa Salgado Boone
2016 Steve Dillon Monroe
2015 John Schick Porter
2014 Beth Duensing Lake
2014 Greg Kelver LaPorte
2014 Michael Schultheiss Marion
2013 Dale Wedel Hendricks
2012 Mark Burris N/A
2012 Rebecca Sink-Burris Monroe
2011 Greg Hertzsch N/A
2010 Todd Singer Hendricks
2010 Dale Wedel Hendricks
2010 Dan Drexler LaPorte
2009 Andrew Horning Owen
2007 Mark Rutherford Marion
2007 Mike Runnebohm Shelby
2006 Brad Klopfenstein Marion
2006 Cindy Kirkpatrick Marion
2006 Kenn Gividen Bartholomew
Bill Bean County Affiliate of the Year Award
In recognition of an outstanding county affiliate for their electoral success, fundraising and membership contribution to the LPIN, and contribution to LPIN ballot access.[30]
Year Awarded County
2023 Lawrence
2022 Kosciusko
2021 Morgan
2020 Morgan
2019 Henry


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