David Bergland

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David Peter Bergland (born 1935, in California) received the United States Libertarian Party's nomination for the 1984 presidential election.[1]


Bergland and his running mate, Jim Lewis, received 228,111 (0.3%). He received the party's vice-presidential nomination in the 1976 presidential election, sharing the ticket with Roger MacBride. The MacBride/Bergland ticket received 172,553 votes (0.2%). He served as the party's national chair from 1977 to 1981 and from 1998 to 2000.

A resident of California and a lawyer, Bergland has run unsuccessfully for office several times, always as a Libertarian. In 1974, he ran as a write-in candidate for California Attorney General. In 1978, Bergland ran for the California state senate district 36, receiving 5.8% of the vote to finish third out of the three candidates on the ballot.[2]

In 1980, Bergland ran for the United States Senate, finishing third of five with 202,410 votes (2.4%). He managed the 2000 Libertarian presidential campaign of Harry Browne. He is the author of the book Libertarianism in One Lesson (ISBN 0-9754326-4-8).

On January 20, 2006, Bergland endorsed the Free State Project.[3]


  1. David Bergland - Libertarian Advocates for Self-Government
  2. http://www.joincalifornia.com/election/1978-11-07
  3. "David Bergland's endorsement of the Free State Project". Retrieved 2008-08-31.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Tonie Nathan
Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate
1976 (lost)
Succeeded by
David H. Koch
Preceded by
Ed Clark
Libertarian Party Presidential candidate
1984 (lost)
Succeeded by
Ron Paul
Preceded by
Steve Dasbach
U.S. Libertarian Party National Chairman
1998 – 2000
Succeeded by
Jim Lark
Preceded by
Ed Crane
U.S. Libertarian Party National Chairman
1977 – 1981
Succeeded by
Alicia Clark