MRFF ANNOUNCES DISTINGUISHED
NEW ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Gary Johnson, Former New Mexico Governor,
and Civil Liberties Defender,
Joins MRFF Advisory Board
Monday, May 6, 2013
Statement from Gov. Johnson:
"I am proud to join the Military Religious Freedom Foundation's Advisory Board and stand along Mikey Weinstein in the fight for separation of church and state in our United States armed forces.
As someone who has climbed Mt. Everest, I know how fierce mountains can be. One man alone, Mikey Weinstein, has moved governmental mountains when it comes to disallowing religious proselytization in the military.
Sometimes it takes nontraditional methods to achieve what's needed; I know that well from my decision to leave the Republican party and become the Libertarian Party's Presidential nominee in 2012. In MRFF's case, it's abundantly clear that the existing military chain of command has failed, and that's where MRFF and Mikey Weinstein applying external pressure to all levels of the military chain of command comes in.
It is truly an honor to join this worthy cause."
Gov. Johnson's Full Biography:
Governor Johnson, who has been referred to as the ‘most fiscally conservative Governor’ in the country, was the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, and was the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
The Johnson/Gray ticket received 0.99% of the popular vote, amounting to 1.27 million votes, more than all other minor candidates combined. This was the most successful result for a third party presidential candidacy since 2000. It was the best showing in the Libertarian Party's history by vote count.
A successful businessman before running for office in 1994, Gov. Johnson started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay his way through college. Twenty years later, he had grown the firm into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico with over 1,000 employees. Not surprisingly, Governor Johnson brings a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, believing that decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology.
Johnson is best known for his veto record, which includes over 750 vetoes during his time in office, more than all other governors combined and his use of the veto pen has since earned him the nickname “Governor Veto.” He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. When he left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget.
Term-limited, Johnson retired from public office in 2003. An avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peak on five of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.
In 2009, after becoming increasingly concerned with the country’s out-of-control national debt and precarious financial situation, the Governor formed the OUR America Initiative, a 501c(4) non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy. He traveled to more than 30 states and spoke to over 150 conservative and libertarian groups during his time as Honorary Chairman.
He has two grown children- a daughter Seah and a son Erik and currently resides in a house he built himself in Taos, New Mexico.
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