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Wes Benedict joined the Libertarian Party in 1996. He serves as executive director of the Libertarian National Committee in the Libertarian Party’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. He started serving as Executive Director of the Libertarian National Committee in July 2009, left in 2012, and then returned in 2013. He previously served as the executive director of the Libertarian Party of Texas. There he broke records and made Texas one of the best performing state Libertarian Party chapters. He recruited a record 173 LP candidates for office in Texas for the November 2008 elections, which was 29 percent of the nationwide LP total. In 2012 he co-founded the Libertarian Booster PAC to help promote Libertarian Party candidates entrepreneurially. Mr. Benedict holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas. He has previously bought and sold a kitchen and bath countertop manufacturing business, and he has worked as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and a manufacturing engineer for 3M Company.