Applications to serve as a member of the 2020 Libertarian Party Awards Committee will be accepted until July 12, 2019. The Libertarian National Committee will probably select the members of the Awards Committee at its meeting in Austin, Texas, on July 27–28, 2019.
Applicants must be sustaining members of the Libertarian Party. Members who have the following qualifications are especially encouraged to apply:
- Sustaining membership in the Libertarian Party for at least 10 years
- Life membership status
- Service as a Libertarian Party officer at local, state, and national levels
- Service as a Libertarian Party candidate (especially for statewide or national office)
- Previous service as a member of the Awards Committee
Applications should include your name, address, telephone number, and email address, along with a list of your accomplishments in the Libertarian Party. In addition, please include a statement that lists the reasons you wish to serve on the Awards Committee and the benefits your service would bring. Please send the application to LNC Secretary Caryn Ann Harlos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following information about the Awards Committee appears in the LNC Policy Manual:
Section 2.02 (Committee Scope and Responsibilities)
5) Awards Committee
For the convention awards described below, the Awards Committee shall set the budget, manage the nomination process, select the award winners by committee vote, secure the awards, and present the awards at the convention.
The award descriptions are:
Thomas Jefferson Leadership Award with recognition of outstanding leadership, high character, and dedication to the principles and goals of the Party.
Patrick Henry Candidate Award with recognition of a very effective campaign for public office at the state or federal level, while communicating Libertarian ideas, principles, and values.
Benjamin Franklin Candidate Award with recognition of a very effective campaign for public office at the local level, while communicating Libertarian ideas, principles, and values.
Thomas Paine Communication Award with recognition of outstanding communication of Libertarian ideas, principles, and values through written, published, or spoken communication.
Samuel Adams Activism Award with recognition of effective activism by building Party membership, organizing community outreach, or communicating Libertarian principles.
The Hall of Liberty induction is to honor lifetime or significant achievement that has made a lasting impact on the Libertarian Party and/or libertarian movement.
With a majority vote the committee may select recipients of the Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, and Patrick Henry awards. While the committee has discretion as to the frequency of such convention awards, it is hoped that at least one recipient will be found worthy for each award at each regular convention.
With a unanimous vote the committee may select recipients of the Hall of Liberty award, with up to 3 inductees per convention. While the committee has discretion as to the frequency of this convention award, it is hoped that at least one recipient will be found worthy for each presidential nominating convention.
Recipients of Libertarian Party Awards:
Benjamin Franklin Award:
2018: Jeff Hewitt
Patrick Henry Award:
2012: Lex Green, Travis Irvine
2014: Rupert Boneham, Robert Sarvis
2016: Will Hammer
2018: Mark Miller
Samuel Adams Award:
1996: Don Ernsberger
1998: Steve Dasbach
2000: Richard Rider
2002: Bruce Baechler
2004: Jim Lark
2006: Michael Badnarik
2008: Bill Hall
2010: Michael Johnston, Kevin Knedler
2012: Clyde Garland
2014: Hardy Macia
2016: Wendy Adams
2018: Joe Johnson, Alicia Mattson
Thomas Paine Award:
1996: Jacob Hornberger
1998: Harry Browne
2000: Michael Cloud
2002: Richard Pearl
2004: Mary Ruwart
2006: John Stossel
2008: Mike Ferguson, Eric Schansberg
2010: Rex Bell
2012: Jim Lark
2014: Sharon Harris
2016: Jason Scheurer
2018: Carla Howell
Thomas Jefferson Award:
1996: David Nolan
1998: David Bergland
2000: Ed Clark
2002: John Perry
2004: Ron Crickenberger
2006: Harry Browne
2008: Ruth Bennett, Jim Lark
2010: Bill Redpath
2012: Sharon Harris
2014: Pat Dixon
2016: BetteRose Ryan
2018: Julie Fox
Hall of Liberty:
2012: Ed Clark, John Hospers, Roger MacBride, Tonie Nathan, David Nolan
2014: Harry Browne, Richard Winger
2016: Ron Paul, Bill Redpath
2018: Ruth Bennett, David Bergland, Ron Crickenberger, Jim Lark, and John Perry