Libertarian candidates pledge to contain and reduce government authority

For Immediate Release | Thursday, October 20, 2016 |

Scores of Libertarians running for federal, state, and local office have pledged to contain and reduce government in several areas. More jobs for the poor, far greater access to health care, and lower taxes are among the many benefits that will result.

Specifically, Libertarian candidates have pledged to sponsor and work diligently to pass legislation that will:

  • impose term limits on elected federal and state politicians;
  • end state mandates on local jurisdictions;
  • nullify and void state and federal regulations that were decreed by unelected bureaucrats, rather than voted on by elected representatives;
  • expand health freedom at both the state and federal level to make it vastly more affordable, safe, and effective;
  • end state government licensing; and
  • vote against expansions of government — at any level: federal, state, or local.

“A lot of Democratic and Republican politicians talk a good game when it comes to getting government down to size,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “But almost never do they make bold, specific pledges like these, because they’re fueled by special interests who aim to expand government. So their campaign promises are either vague and vacuous, or they threaten more government.”

Click on federalstate, or local to see the full list of 2016 Libertarian candidate pledges for each level of government. On each page, scroll to “NEVER EXPAND BIG GOVERNMENT” and other topics, then click “More” to see the list of candidates who have made each pledge, and the benefits and reasoning behind each measure.


The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971 and is the third largest political party in the United States. Over 15,000,000 votes were cast for Libertarian candidates in the 2012 election, and the party has experienced a surge in voter registration and new memberships since then.