Nicholas Sarwark was first elected as chair of the Libertarian National Committee in June 2014, and is serving his third term as chair after being re-elected in 2018. Born in 1979, Sarwark is an unabashed, second-generation Libertarian with a strong commitment to fighting on the party’s behalf against unfair ballot-access obstacles and exclusion of qualified candidates from public debates.
As chair, Sarwark has played a prominent role in publicity, with his appearances in Reason magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Slate, Salon, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as on “Kennedy” and “Stossel” on Fox Business, “Stossel on Reason,” the “Glenn Beck Program,” MSNBC, RT TV, NPR, and many more.
Sarwark has been an active member of the Libertarian Party since 1999 and has served on the judicial and bylaws committees of the national party. He also served as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland and as vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, where he played a key role in recruiting the state’s 42 Libertarian candidates in 2014 and supported the passage of Colorado’s historic marijuana legalization initiative in 2012.
Professionally, Sarwark has been a criminal defense attorney and has worked for over 15 years in the private sector. He served as a deputy public defender in Colorado, trying more than 30 cases before a jury and arguing in front of the Colorado Supreme Court. He also has more than a decade of experience in computer consulting and sales. In 2014, he moved to Arizona to join in the operations of a family business, the oldest independent auto dealership in Phoenix, founded in 1942.
Throughout his career, he has developed a commitment to helping people, which he now applies to raising the national Libertarian Party’s standards for support of state affiliates, members, and candidates. He lives in Arizona with his wife, Valerie Sarwark, and their four children.