Joseph “Joe” Bishop-Henchman is the current Chair of the Libertarian Party, elected on 11 July 2020. Prior to that, he served as an at-large member of the Libertarian National Committee for two years.
Joe is a lawyer and policy analyst who has lived in Washington, D.C. after moving from California in 2004. He is currently Vice President, Tax Policy & Litigation, at the National Taxpayers Union. He is admitted to practice law in New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Joe worked in the historic 2003 California recall election as a press/policy aide to gubernatorial candidate and former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth, helped organize rallies against wasteful spending and the curfew law in his native San Diego County, and interned with the Office of the DC Attorney General (equity), Citizens Against Government Waste (transportation policy), and University of California (outreach in California’s Central Valley).
Joe holds a law degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has a certificate in International Legal Studies from McGeorge School of Law from their summer program in Salzburg, Austria.
Professionally, Joe started his fourteen year career with the Tax Foundation, America’s leading independent tax policy nonprofit, in 2005 as a Law Clerk. During his career with the Tax Foundation, he was promoted to Tax Counsel, Director of State Projects, Vice President of Legal & State Projects, and finally to Executive Vice President in 2017. During his career, he testified and wrote extensively about tax issues at all levels of jurisdiction. In 2018, he submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the Tax Foundation to the Supreme Court regarding South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. It was referenced twice in the final ruling.
In addition to his position with the NTU, he serves as an attorney with McDermott Will & Emery’s state and local tax (SALT) group in Washington, DC, where he counsels clients on tax compliance, policy and controversy matters. He monitors state tax trends and policy developments, learns and shares insights on problematic tax policies and practices, and helps clients handle problems holistically and efficiently.
Joe lives in northeast Washington, DC with his husband Ethan, an operations manager at the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy and a postulant for holy orders in the Episcopal Church. In November of 2018, they had the great fortune to be adopted by their black labrador, Magic.