|19th Chair of the Libertarian National Committee|
June 29, 2014 – July 11, 2020
|Preceded by||Geoff Neale|
|Succeeded by||Joe Bishop-Henchman|
|Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado|
|Preceded by||Wayne Harlos|
|Succeeded by||Eric Mulder|
|Chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland|
|Preceded by||Steve Boone|
|Succeeded by||Chip Spangler|
Nicholas Joel Sarwark
August 27, 1979
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Residence(s)||Manchester, New Hampshire|
|Education||Washington Adventist University (BS)|
American University (JD)
Nicholas Joel Sarwark (born August 27, 1979) is an American attorney and businessman who served as the 19th chair of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), the governing body of the Libertarian Party. Prior to his election in 2014, he served on several LP national committees and as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland State Committee and vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado State Committee. As of 2020[update], he is the only LP chair to have served three consecutive terms.
Sarwark declined to run for another term as LNC chair in 2020, and was succeeded by Joe Bishop-Henchman.
Sarwark was born on August 27, 1979, in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Washington Adventist University in 1998 with a BS in computer science and a minor in philosophy, later receiving his juris doctor from American University Washington College of Law in 2008. Whilst attending law school, Sarwark clerked for the libertarian law firm Institute for Justice.
In the early 1990s, Sarwark's father brought him to Maricopa County Libertarian gatherings, and Sarwark subsequently joined the party in 1999.
Sarwark was chairman of the Libertarian Party of Maryland from 2001 to 2003, holding numerous LP officer and local-level roles there. Prior to being elected chairman of the Libertarian National Committee in 2014, Sarwark served as a deputy public defender in Colorado and as vice-chairman of the Libertarian Party of Colorado. He was re-elected in 2016, and again in 2018.
While serving as LNC chair, Sarwark made appearances on multiple national media outlets, including MSNBC and NPR, to discuss libertarian perspectives on various topics.
Sarwark ran in the 2018 Phoenix mayoral election, garnering 10.5 percent of the vote, placing fourth among four candidates, and did not advance to the 2019 run-off.
Sarwark married his wife, Valerie in 2009. After building a family in Denver, he returned to Phoenix in 2014 to join his family's independent car dealership, where he served as vice-president. Sarwark and his wife have four children. In 2019, Sarwark and his family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, to become a part of the grassroots libertarian movement the Free State Project.
|Geoff Neale (incumbent)||135||34.1|
|None of the above||31||7.8|
|Geoff Neale (incumbent)||144||38.1|
|None of the above||40||10.6|
|Nicholas Sarwark (incumbent)||464||64.7|
|None of the above (write-in)||5||nil|
|James Weeks (write-in)||2||nil|
|Trey Waites (write-in)||1||nil|
|Brett Bittner (write-in)||1||nil|
|Vermin Supreme (write-in)||1||nil|
|Nicholas Sarwark (incumbent)||517||65.4|
|None of the above||33||4.2|
|Arvin Hammer (write-in)||1||nil|
Sarwark ran for mayor in the 2018 Phoenix mayoral election, finishing fourth with 10.5 percent of the vote. His campaign platform included opposition to light rail, addressing the city's pension debt, and working with Republicans and Democrats on the city council.
After moving to New Hampshire, Sarwark ran for Hillsborough County Attorney on a Libertarian platform. His major issues included clearing the criminal case backlog.
|Democratic||Michael Conlon (incumbent)||95,948||44.9|
|Republican gain from Democratic|