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Jim Clymer

Jim Clymer
3rd U.S. Constitution Party Chairman
In office
6 September 1999 – 21 April 2012
Preceded by Bill Shearer
Succeeded by Frank Fluckiger
Personal details
Born James N. Clymer
May 4, 1948[1] (age 67)
Political party Constitution Party
Spouse(s) Lois D. Clymer
Children 5
Residence Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Profession Lawyer
Religion Christian

James N. Clymer (born May 4, 1948) is an active lawyer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and was the 2012 Vice presidential nominee of the United States Constitution Party and is the former chairman of that party.[2]

Clymer grew up in Lancaster and earned a law degree. He was admitted to the Bar in Pennsylvania in May 1978.[3] In 1986 he was appointed Chairman of the Bob Smith for Senate Committee. In 1992 he joined the Libertarian Party and ran as their candidate for Pennsylvania Auditor General. He also ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 1994 and 1998, attaining 13% and 10.5%, respectively. He ran for a United States Senate seat in 2004, garnering nearly 4% of the vote against Arlen Specter and Joe Hoeffel. He received 220,056 votes, which may have at the time been the second highest number of votes any Constitution Party member has received, after the 460,269 votes for Peg Luksik's 1994 gubernatorial bid received. He was able to gain some support from conservative, pro-life Republicans who had voted for Pat Toomey in the close Senate Primary against Arlen Specter, who was more liberal, especially on social issues. He also gained the endorsement of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Unlike many minor party candidates, Clymer was invited to participate in a televised U.S. Senate Candidates' Debate.

Clymer later ran for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Commissioner and scored 13% of the vote.

At the 2012 Constitution Party National Convention, he was selected as the running mate for former Congressman Virgil Goode.[4] The ticket received 121,452 votes, or 0.09% nationally.[5]

Clymer is currently serving as Judge of Elections for Manor Township, Pennsylvania.[6]


  1. ^ A Profile of James N. Clymer
  2. ^ "Campaign for Constitutional Government". The Constitution Party. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Meet Jim Clymer". Soar with Lusik. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Virgil Goode Wins Constitution Party Nomination on First Ballot, Picks VP Choice". Independent Political Report. April 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2012 Presidential General Election Results". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. 
  6. ^ "Elected Constitution Party Officials". Independent Political Report. 

External links

  • Meet Jim Clymer
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bill Shearer
Chairman of the Constitution Party
September 6, 1999 – April 21, 2012
Succeeded by
Frank Fluckiger
Preceded by
Darrell Castle
Constitution Party vice presidential nominee
Succeeded by

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