Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico who jumped into the race for the White House in January 2016. Johnson was born in Minot, North Dakota but was raised in New Mexico. In 1975 Johnson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in political science from University of New Mexico. After building a successful multi-million dollar construction company, he entered politics in 1994 when he ran for governor of New Mexico as a Republican, defeating incumbent Democratic Governor Bruce King. Johnson ran for president in 2012 as the Libertarian nominee and received just shy of 1 percent of the popular vote. Those 1.27 million votes made him the most popular Libertarian candidate in party history. Johnson has gained momentum in the 2016 election in part thanks to the poor favorability ratings of both the Democratic and Republican nominees.
Gary Johnson, 2016
I do believe that crony capitalism is alive and well. It’s Democrats and Republicans that contribute to that. I’d like to be that choice that is not going to succumb to that.
About the Candidate:
Birth January 1, 1953 Minot, North Dakota
Age on Inauguration Day 64 years old
Education University of New Mexico
Family Was married to Dee Johnson from 1977 to 2005. He has been engaged to Kate Prusack since 2009.
Net worth Information not available
Political Career Libertarian nominee for president (2012); Governor, State of New Mexico (1995-2003)
Top 5 donor industries Retired, Lawyers/Law Firms, Securities & Investment, Electronics Mfg & Equip, Health Professionals
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Personally opposed to abortion, however he “believes that such a very personal and individual decision is best left to women and families.”
Has stated that a major issue for the BLM movement is the militarization of the police, and believes that “at the heart of the militarization of police has been the War on Drugs.”
Has said he favors unlimited contributions by corporations as well.
Believes the death penalty as a public policy is flawed.
Against the “war on drugs.”
“Imagine the disgust of the Founding Fathers if they were to learn that the government has decided it is appropriate to tell adults what they can put in their bodies.”
Has stated the national debt is bankrupting the country. “We simply need to apply common sense to regulatory policy. Let’s get rid of the unnecessary laws and taxes that syphon the resources businesses use to create the jobs we need.”
Wants major reform for the public education system. Plans to eliminate the federal Department of Education, and strongly opposes common core.
According to Johnson “Is the climate changing? Probably so. Is man contributing to that change? Probably so.”
Claims cap-&-trade imposes costs with no environmental improvement.
Does not believe the U.S. should “use our military strength to try to solve the world’s problems.”
“We can no longer afford and trillions more for foreign wars in which our national interest is just not apparent to me.”
Supports gun ownership rights.
Wants to repeal Obamacare.
“Government has never managed any segment of the economy successfully. To expect that it can do so for healthcare--one of the largest segments--is insanity.”
Johnson opposes building a “an expensive and useless wall,” and he is against militarizing the border. Instead he wants to focus on creating a “more efficient system of providing work visas, conducting background checks, and incentivizing non-citizens to pay their taxes.”
Gary Johnson supports marriage equality and supporters getting “the government out of your life. Out of your cell phone. Out of your bedroom.”
Has stated that a portion of Social Security ought to be privatized, if not all. Wants to create a block grant Medicare.
Supports a consumption tax to replace all income and payroll taxes. Also plans to eliminate special interest tax loopholes, to get rid of the double-taxation on small businesses.