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A Profile of James N. Clymer

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A Profile of James N. Clymer

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James N. Clymer was born May 4, 1948, and lives in Millersville, Pa.

Clymer was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in May, 1978, and is now admitted to practice before the US District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Tax Court.

Clymer ran unsuccessfully for Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor in 1994 and 1998 and ran for US Senate in 2004.

Compared to other bids by US third-party bids candidates, Clymer's Senate bid was noteworthy due to the strong support he received from conservative, pro-life Republicans, who refused to cast their votes for the socially moderate incumbent, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter. Clymer picked up the GOP votes after conservative Congressman Pat Toomey lost a close primary battle to Specter by a margin of 49 percent to 51 percent.

Clymer campaigned tirelessly, gaining the endorsement of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and, unlike most minor party candidates, was invited to participate in the televised US Senate Debate.

Clymer went on to capture between 4% and 6% of the total vote in the November general election. The rest went to Specter and Democrat Joe Hoeffel. Clymer's total -- 214,837 votes -- was the second highest number of votes any Constitution Party member has ever received in a state-wide campaign. Peg Luksik had the most -- 460,269 votes -- when she ran for Pennsylvania Governor in 1994. Clymer, incidentally, ran as Lieutenant Governor on the same ticket.

More on Jim Clymer:
  • Chairman, Bob Smith for Senate Committee (1986)
  • Lancaster County Coordinator, Luksik for Governor (1990)
  • 1992 Libertarian Candidate for Pennsylvania Auditor General
  • 1994 Independent Candidate for Lt. Governor (with Peg Luksik)
  • Executive Committee Member, U S Taxpayers Party
  • Board Member, Conservative National Committee
  • Past President, Religious Roundtable of Pennsylvania
  • Past President, United Pennsylvanians Committee (PAC)
  • Chairman. Pennsylvania Taxpayers Alliance
  • Private pilot

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