libertarian Republican is a politician or Republican party member who has advocated libertarian policies while typically voting for and being involved with the United States Republican Party.
Beliefs and size
The Republican Party is divided into factions. In a 2014
Pew Research Center survey on political typology and polarization, 12% of Republicans described themselves as libertarian.
According to a 2012
New York Times analysis, libertarian Republicans have a variety of motivating issues. On economic and domestic policy, they favor deregulation and cutting taxes, refraining from the use of tariffs, and repealing the Affordable Care Act and other reduction of social programs. They are also wary of government debt, oppose protectionism, and are critical of the Federal Reserve System and many US federal agencies.  On social issues, they support  gun rights and free speech, while favoring privacy to oppose the USA Patriot Act and the War on Drugs.  Libertarian Republicans though can differ upon their views concerning the  accessibility of abortion, but they lean toward the Republican Party's pro-life platform.  On foreign and defense policy, libertarian Republicans are  noninterventionists. Two-thirds of libertarian Republicans are males. 
Republican Liberty Caucus, which describes itself as "the oldest continuously operating organization in the Liberty Republican movement with state charters nationwide," was founded in 1991. Among the group's past chairs are  Chuck Muth.
House Liberty Caucus is a congressional caucus formed by Representative Justin Amash, Republican of Michigan. In 2014, the group "consisted of about 30 libertarian-inclined Republicans (and occasional Democratic visitors like Jared Polis)." The group is a rival to the conservative  Republican Study Committee, which favors high military spending.
Gary Johnson of New Mexico – served two terms as governor as a Republican and ran for President as a Republican in 2011, but switched from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party in 2011.   Former Governor William Weld of Massachusetts – As a Republican governor of Massachusetts, Weld self-identified as a libertarian Republican. Later, Weld drifted toward the Libertarian Party. In 2006, Weld unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for New York governor; he gained the Libertarian Party endorsement that year before dropping out of the race;  In 2016, Weld joined the Libertarian Party to run for vice president as the running mate of Gary Johnson.  In 2019, Weld rejoined the Republican Party to launch a primary challenge to President  Donald Trump. 
Kurt Bills, former Minnesota state representative; describes himself as a "libertarian-leaning constitutional conservative"; Reason magazine writes that "most of his positions align with mainstream libertarian ideas. He is hostile to the drug war, favors a non-interventionist foreign policy, and embraces Austrian economics." 
Eric Brakey, former Maine state senator. Unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2018. Worked for Ron Paul's 2012 campaign, led the Defense of Liberty PAC. 
Laura Ebke, former Nebraska state senator – elected to the legislature in 2014 and advanced libertarian positions. She described herself in early 2015 as "a Republican and a conservative libertarian," In 2016, Ebke switched to the Libertarian Party.   
Nick Freitas, Virginia state Delegate. Unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2018. Described as having a "conservative voting record and libertarian streak."  Richard Tisei, former Massachusetts state senator and state Senate minority leader; identifies as a "traditional Northeast libertarian" in the social and fiscal senses. 
Authors and scholars
Jerry Doyle, radio talk show host 
Clint Eastwood, actor, filmmaker – describes himself as a libertarian and says that he has "always been a libertarian," but is associated with the Republican Party.   
Jack Hunter, radio talk show host ("The Southern Avenger"), political commentator, former aide to Rand Paul, editor of Rare Politics  – has written of his "attraction to libertarianism."  Hunter formerly expressed  neo-Confederate views, which libertarian commentator and law professor Ilya Somin criticized in 2013 as inconsistent with libertarianism. 
Glenn Jacobs, Professional Wrestler with WWE and current Republican Mayor of Knoxville, TN.  
Kennedy, TV commentator and former MTV VJ 
Dennis Miller, television personality – described himself as a "conservative libertarian" in the 1990s, although "his commentary always contained a streak of right-wing populism." After the  September 11 attacks, Miller's views, particularly on foreign and defense policy, drifted further to the right. 
Grover Norquist, anti-tax activist and Republican figure; economic libertarian identified with "support for supply-side economics and skepticism about climate science."  
P. J. O'Rourke, humorist, author – libertarian-conservative Republican, although he endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign.  
Austin Petersen, former Libertarian Party presidential candidate and former Republican candidate for US Senate in Missouri in 2018. 
Kid Rock, musician, self-described as libertarian-leaning. 
Wayne Allyn Root, author and radio host 
Peter Schiff, investment broker – described as "libertarian" or "libertarian-leaning"; unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the  2010 election for U.S. Senate in Connecticut. 
Mark Spitznagel, hedge fund manager 
Roger Stone, Republican political consultant, lobbyist and strategist, self-described libertarian.  Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley businessman, PayPal co-founder – a registered Republican and self-described libertarian.  
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^ Joe Duggan,
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^ Irene North,
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^ Javier E. David,
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^ Christine Mai-Duc,
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