The Republican Liberty Caucus is a product of several organizations that were active in the 1980s, but the concept of developing libertarian principles within the GOP could be traced back to the 1964 Presidential campaign of Barry Goldwater. Although he labeled his position as “conservative," he espoused the classical liberal principles that we promote today. In 1990, the Libertarian Republican Organizing Committee, one of the precursor groups, met at a Young Republicans convention and agreed to form an independent national organization. Starting in Florida, the RLC has steadily grown over the years: it has members in every state, and is now chartered in 23 states, with an additional eight states engaged in the chartering process. The Minnesota chapter was granted in 2003 and earned Affiliate status in December 2009.
The purpose of the Republican Liberty Caucus is to advance the principles of limited government, individual liberty and free markets within the Republican Party. It is a political membership organization that is independent of the Republican National Committee, but works within the party to achieve liberty.
The Liberty Compact
The RLCMN endorses candidates who support the Liberty Compact:
I pledge to the citizens of the State of Minnesota and to the American people, that as their elected representative I will work to: restore liberty, not restrict it; shrink government, not expand it; reduce taxes, not raise them; abolish programs, not create them; promote the freedom and independence of citizens, not the interference of government in their lives; and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them.
Minnesota Chapter Board Members
The following members were elected at the 2013 Convention in March. Each serves a two-year term.
Neil Lynch - Chairman