Florida IT consultant Matt Nye of Melbourne, FL was elected National Chair of the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) at the group’s 2013 biennial convention. He will serve through 2015.
The RLC is the nation’s oldest grassroots organization of the Liberty Republican wing of the GOP. State chapters from Alaska to Florida and from California to Maine gathered at the biennial national convention in Austin, Texas to elect new national officers, participate in activist training workshops and hear major Liberty Republican speakers like Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX).
“Our nation’s founding principles of individual rights, personal liberty and free markets are under assault as never before,” said Nye. “The RLC has a long track record of advocating for these ideas from within the Republican Party, and I look forward to working with the new board to capitalize on the popularity of the liberty message to grow our ranks and get pro-liberty candidates elected.”
Nye is a relative newcomer to politics, but has made his presence felt at all levels. In 2009 he organized the Brevard Tea Parties, the largest of which drew almost 4,000 people to the Space Coast Stadium on the July 4th holiday. In 2011 he was elected Chair of the RLC of Florida. Nye assumes the National Chair position after serving for the last two years as National Treasurer. He takes over from Dave Nalle of Texas who was National Chair from 2009-2013.
Also elected at the convention were Vice Chair Ed Lopez of Connecticut, Secretary Laura Ebke of Nebraska and Treasurer Norann Dillon of Minnesota. The four elected officers are automatic members of the RLC National Board which coordinates with the state chapters for the all-volunteer organization. Elected as at-large National Board members were Matt Dubin and Sandi Belzer-Brendale, both of Washington State, and Levi Lippincott of Nebraska.
Portland, Maine was selected as the site for 2015 RLC National Convention.