Libertarian Party Nominee for President Has Background with Associated Builders and Contractors

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Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson easily won the Libertarian Party nomination for President of the United States at the party’s national convention in Las Vegas today. Johnson was a Republican when he served as governor (for the state’s two-term limit) from 1995 to 2003. He briefly ran for the Republican nomination for President in 2011, but dropped out even before the Iowa caucuses.

Johnson founded the construction company Big J Enterprises, which eventually employed more than 1000 workers and was a member of Associated Builders and Contractors in what was then the Rio Grande Chapter (now called the New Mexico Chapter). He sold the company in 1999. It remains an ABC member today.

During his time as Governor of New Mexico, Mr. Johnson won a Free Enterprise Champion of the Year award from ABC National in recognition of his unwavering stance in support of the Merit Shop philosophy. He wanted to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law and opposed Project Labor Agreements.


  1. Ken K says:

    I’d like to learn more about Gary Johnson, but struggle with voting for a third party candidate. Especially this round as I worry that any non Republican vote is a vote for Obama.

  2. Kevin Dayton says:

    Ken K:

    Unless you live in the dozen or so “battleground states” where your vote for a third-party candidate would indeed effectively be a vote to re-elect President Obama, you shouldn’t have any qualms about voting for a third-party candidate, if you feel that candidate is the best. Remember, it is electoral votes from the states that matter, not the popular vote.

    The thirteen battleground states identified by the Los Angeles Times (see Predict a Winner: Battleground States) are Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.

    If you live in California, your vote isn’t going to matter unless something truly dramatic and unexpected happens before November. Obama will probably win easily. The most recent major poll I found, from February 23, 2012, showed Obama leading Romney 55%-35% (see Obama Holds Big Leads…).

    Kevin Dayton