Nicholas Sarwark

Nicholas Joel Sarwark[1] (born August 27, 1979)[2] is an American attorney and businessman who served as the 19th chair of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), the executive body of the Libertarian Party (LP) of the United States. Prior to his election in 2014,[3] he served on several LP national committees and as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland State Committee and vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado State Committee.[4] He is the only LP chair to have served three terms.[citation needed]

Nicholas Sarwark
Nicholas Sarwark in Phoenix October 2016.jpg
19th Chair of the Libertarian National Committee
In office
June 29, 2014 – July 11, 2020
Preceded byGeoff Neale
Succeeded byJoe Bishop-Henchman
Vice Chair of the Colorado Libertarian State Committee
In office
Preceded byWayne Harlos
Succeeded byEric Mulder
Chair of the Maryland Libertarian State Committee
In office
Preceded bySteve Boone
Succeeded byChip Spangler
Personal details
Nicholas Joel Sarwark

(1979-08-27) August 27, 1979 (age 41)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyLibertarian
Valerie Sarwark
(m. 2009)
ResidenceManchester, New Hampshire
EducationWashington Adventist University (BS)
American University (JD)
WebsiteOfficial website

Sarwark ran for mayor in the 2018 Phoenix mayoral election, finishing fourth with 10.5 percent of the vote.[5]

Sarwark declined to run for another term as LNC chair in 2020, being succeeded by Joe Bishop-Henchman.[6]

Early life and educationEdit

Sarwark was born on August 27, 1979, in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Washington Adventist University in 1998 with a BS in computer science and a minor in philosophy, later receiving his juris doctor from American University Washington College of Law in 2008.[7] Whilst attending law school, Sarwark clerked for the libertarian law firm Institute for Justice.[8]

In the early 1990s, Sarwark's father brought him to Maricopa County Libertarian gatherings, and Sarwark subsequently joined the party in 1999.[9][2]


Sarwark was chairman of the Libertarian Party of Maryland from 2001 to 2003,[10][11] holding numerous LP officer and local-level roles there.[12] Prior to being elected chairman of the Libertarian National Committee in 2014, Sarwark served as a deputy public defender in Colorado and as vice-chairman of the Libertarian Party of Colorado.[13] Sarwark was re-elected in 2016,[14] and again in 2018.[15]

Sarwark ran in the 2018 Phoenix mayoral election,[16] garnering 10.5 percent of the vote, placing fourth among four candidates,[5] and did not advance to the 2019 run-off.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Sarwark married his wife, Valerie in 2009. After building a family in Denver, he returned to Phoenix in 2014 to join his family's independent car dealership, where he served as vice-president.[18][19] Sarwark and his wife have four children.[2][20] In 2019, Sarwark and his family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, recognizing the success of the grassroots libertarian movement the Free State Project.[21]

Electoral historyEdit

Phoenix mayoral election, 2018 (first round)[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kate Gallego 154,923 44.53
Democratic Daniel Valenzuela 91,524 26.31
Republican Moses Sanchez 64,938 18.66
Libertarian Nicholas Sarwark 36,530 10.50
Total votes 347,195 100.00

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "122nd Commencement Program, Washington College of Law, Spring 2008 | AU Digital Research Archive".
  2. ^ a b c "Nicholas Sarwark - Libertarian Party".
  3. ^ Harper, Jennifer (June 30, 2014). "Inside the Beltway: Libertarians shift into aggressive mode". The Washington Times. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Libertarians elect new leadership". Westmoreland Times. July 3, 2014. Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "City Clerk Election Results English". Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Winger, Richard (July 11, 2020). "Libertarian Party Elects New National Chair". Ballot Access News. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  7. ^ Chartier, Gary (April 17, 2015). "LIBERTARIAN PARTY CHAIR AND WAU GRAD TALKS ABOUT FREEDOM". Spectrum. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  8. ^ Pyeatt, Jill (May 17, 2014). "Nicholas Sarwark: I Would Like to Be the Next Chair of the Libertarian National Committee". Independent Political Report. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Flaherty, Joseph (February 6, 2018). "Libertarian Candidate for Phoenix Mayor to City Council: Get Out of the Way". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Central Committee Minutes, 4 August 2001". Libertarian Party of Maryland. August 4, 2001. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
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  13. ^ VanDyke, Stephen (June 28, 2014). "Nicholas Sarwark elected to lead Libertarian Party". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  14. ^ Peal, Wayne (May 31, 2016). "Libertarian stripper has long Livingston history". Livingston County Daily Press & Argus. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  15. ^ "Sarwark wins unprecedented 3rd consecutive term as Libertarian national chair". July 3, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  16. ^ Boehm, Jessica (January 23, 2018). "Libertarian Nicholas Sarwark running for Phoenix mayor". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  17. ^ "AP: Phoenix mayor will be a runoff between Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela". The Associated Press. November 6, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  18. ^ "Dealership Information | Sarwark's Consolidated Auto Sales Inc. | Phoenix Arizona".
  19. ^ "Nick Sarwark for Chairman".
  20. ^ "My husband, Nick". SendPulse.
  21. ^ "There's a new Porcupine in town: Libertarian National Committee chair moves to Manchester from Arizona". Manchester Ink Link. August 26, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2019.

External linksEdit

Party political offices
Preceded by
Geoff Neale
Chair of the Libertarian National Committee
Succeeded by
Joe Bishop-Henchmann
Party political offices
Preceded by
Wayne Harlos
Vice Chair of the Colorado Libertarian State

Succeeded by
Eric Mulder