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.