Gary Earl Johnson (born January 1, 1953) is an American businessman, author, politician, and the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election. He served as the 29th Governor of New Mexicofrom 1995 to 2003 as a member of the Republican Party. He was also the Libertarian Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
Johnson founded one of New Mexico’s largest construction companies. He entered politics for the first time by running for Governor of New Mexico in 1994on a low-tax, anti-crime platform, promising a ‘common sense business approach’. He beat incumbent Democratic governor Bruce King by 50% to 40%. He cut the 10% annual growth in the budget: in part, due to his use of the gubernatorial veto 200 times during his first six months.
On January 6, 2016, Johnson announced his candidacy for the Libertarian nomination again in 2016. Johnson won the Libertarian nomination in May 2016, with former Republican Governor of Massachusetts William Weld as his running mate.
William Floyd “Bill” Weld (born July 31, 1945) is an American attorney, businessman, and politician who served as the 68th Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. He is the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election, sharing the ticket with Gary Johnson.
A libertarian Republican, Weld served as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1981 to 1986 and as the head of the Department of Justice Criminal Division from 1986 to 1988.