Gary Johnson (L, lost 2012 election)
Experience: Former Governor of New Mexico
Residence: Taos, NM
Family: Divorced, 2 children
Education: BA, University of New Mexico
Official Website: www.garyjohnson2012.com
Gary Johnson (born Jan. 1, 1953) is the former Republican governor of New Mexico. He announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president on April 21, 2010, in front of the State House in Concord. He is often characterized as “the next Ron Paul”. But he occupies the tier of candidates that need to work very hard and ratchet up visibility to be considered in the same breath as high-profile names like Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann. He did well on that score in February at the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll in which he finished third behind Paul and Romney.
He skipped the normal step of forming an exploratory committee and announced his candidacy ahead of the rest of the pack. He acknowledged the amount of work he has to do in New Hampshire, saying: "I have to do, and want to do, really well in New Hampshire. So I'm going to spend a lot of time in New Hampshire, where you can go from obscurity to prominence overnight with a good showing in New Hampshire." His first order of business after declaring his candidacy was climbing into Mt. Washington's Tuckerman Ravine to go skiing. He was miffed that he didn't get invited to participate in the first GOP presidential primary debate held in June in Manchester. But his stick-to-it attitude paid off when he was late invited to participate in a GOP debate, this one in Florida in late September, which finally gave him some of the national exposure he's lacked. He conceded in late November he has no chance in the New Hampshire primary and talked, as did Buddy Roemer, of launching a third-party bid.
Johnson announced Dec. 21 that he was abandoning his GOP campaign to run as a Libertarian.