Porter Offerman

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Porter Offerman
Porter Offerman.jpg
Official portrait 2016
Kingdom of Sierra Senator
from Clark
Assumed office
August 10, 2010
Serving with Simon Zhang and Nick Hugh
Preceded by Isaac Jackman
Leader of the Libertarian Party of Clark
In office
January 12, 1998 – August 10, 2010
Preceded by Michael Doberman
Succeeded by Hubert Altman
Personal details
Born (1963-08-11) August 11, 1963 (age 59)
Flag of Clark.svg Enterprise, Clark, Sierra
Nationality Sierran
Political party Libertarian Party of Sierra.svg Libertarian
Spouse(s) Jackie Dyson (m. 1997, d. 2003)
Jackie Krepps (m. 2003, d. 2007)
Liane Ferrell (m. 2011)
Alma mater University of Sierra, Las Vegas
Occupation Writer, salesman, politician
Religion Protestantism
Porter Thomas Offerman (born August 11, 1963) is a Sierran politician serving as a senior Senator representing the province of Clark since 2010. Before becoming a senator, Offerman previously served as the Leader of the Libertarian Party of Clark from 1998 until 2010.

Born in the city of Enterprise, Offerman is the son of Sierran businessman, Jack Offerman, and had served as an insurance salesman, specifically a salesman for Blue Cross Association of Clark before entering into politics in the late 1990s. In 1998, Offerman was elected Leader of the Clark Libertarian Party and served as a leading member of the Clark Provincial Senate. In 2010, Offerman ran in 2010 Clark Senate election and won against Bob Heck of the Royalist Party and Johan Avenatti of the Democratic-Republicans. Since becoming a Senator for Clark, Offerman has been described as the "Senate's Wild Card" by many political analysts due to his record of willingness to vote along with both the Royalist Party on economic issues and the Democratic-Republicans on social issues and foreign policy issues. Offerman has defended his record by stating that he doesn't "belong" to either parties and that he's an ardent Libertarian through and through. Offerman has frequently been described as the "face of the Libertarian Party" due having a large amount of media coverage compared to other Libertarian candidates and is one of the most well known members of the party next to Ryan Porter, member of the House of Commons from Maricopa.

Offerman's views are strongly libertarian, culturally liberal, fiscally conservative and non-interventionist. On social issues, he's described himself as "radically pro-choice" on social issues supporting easy and legal access to abortion, is supportive of same-sex marriage and civil unions, opposed to strict gun regulations, and favors the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana and other narcotic substances. On economic issues, Offerman supports low taxes, a flat tax, opposed to minimum wage laws in general, and supports a free market system and is against unnecessary regulation. On foreign policy, Offerman is against military intervention, supports a full withdraw from Syria and favors a strictly defensive military doctrine and foreign policy. On the Conference of American States, Offerman is critical of the organization, but opposes Sierrexit and opposes normalizing relations with the United Commonwealth and the United People's Committees.

Early life and career[edit | edit source]

Early political career[edit | edit source]

Libertarian Party spokesperson (1994-1998)[edit | edit source]

Leader of the Clark Libertarians (1998-2010)[edit | edit source]

K.S. Senator[edit | edit source]

Elections[edit | edit source]

Offerman ran in the 2010 Sierran Senate elections where he campaigned against then-incumbent Royalist senator Isaac Jackman who had been serving as Clark's senator since 1992. By 2010, he had become unpopular and was viewed as out of touch with the province's traditionally libertarian values where he was seen as a paleoconservative who was against the province's libertarian stances. Offerman, as Leader of the Libertarian Party of Clark, faced no primary challenger and was officially endorsed by the Clark Libertarian Party instead. He faced off against Jackman along with Democratic-Republican nominee Michael A. Wright for the election. Offerman won beating both opponents winning 44.2% of the vote and was sworn in as Clark's new senator on August 10.

Tenure[edit | edit source]

Committee assignments[edit | edit source]

Political positions[edit | edit source]

Offerman has described himself as a "devout libertarian dedicated to the principals of limited government, free enterprise and markets, radical individuality and a truly free and sovereign people" in a 2016 interview with the The Bunker Hill Journal. Offerman has generally supported reducing the size of the federal government and has been critical of the Royalist Party accusing them of being insufficient in its support for limited government. Offerman's record has shown him siding with the Democratic-Republicans on social issues and foreign policy while siding with the Royalists on economic issues.

Social issues[edit | edit source]

Offerman has described himself as "radically pro-choice for everything" when it comes to social issues. On the issue of abortion, Offerman is pro-choice and has voted against all bills attempting to limit abortion. Early on in his Senate career, Offerman voted against a proposed constitutional amendment that would define an unborn fetus as worthy of constitutional protection and when the bill failed, he gave a speech in the Senate deriding the Royalists and accusing them of attempting to enforce government-legislated morality. Offerman has also voiced support for same-sex marriage stating that "the government should not be deciding what marriages are worthy of recognition and which are not". He's called laws criminalizing the practice unjust and absurd and takes pride in his home province of Clark being the first to legalize same-sex marriage in the 1990s. Offerman has voted in favor of all bills attempting to expand LGBT rights and has frequently been highly rated by LGBT rights organizations and has spoken at pro-LGBT rights events.

Education[edit | edit source]

Healthcare[edit | edit source]

Immigration[edit | edit source]

Foreign policy[edit | edit source]

Offerman has been vocal in his criticism of Sierra's foreign policy calling it "unnecessarily aggressive, hawkish and caters to the bloody needs of neocons" in a 2015 statement. Offerman believes that Sierra is too quick to militarily intervene and is wasting the lives, material and funds of the Sierran Crown Armed Forces. Offerman has been known for voting against the appointment of pro-interventionist politicians such as Kenneth O'Conner where he voted against him being appointed as Minister of Defense in 2017 after he was picked by Daniel McComb and has been critical of neoconservatism in general calling it "the most dangerous and destructive ideology in the modern world".

Republicanism[edit | edit source]

Offerman's views on republicanism have greatly shifted over the course of his career. Early on in the Senate, Offerman was supportive of the Crown and called himself a "technical monarchist", but held sympathies for the republican movement. In a 2014 interview, Offerman said that it would be "unwise" to dismiss the concerns and arguments of the republican movement believing that they had genuine issues with the monarchy that should be addressed. Offerman's view of the monarchy became more and more critical in 2015 following Charles II attempting to pass the Mexico Resolution, a resolution that would've allowed Sierra to go to war against Mexico in response to the 2015 San Diego bombings. Offerman joined the effort to filibuster the resolution and after it had failed, he claimed that Charles II's addiction was "well deserved" and accused him of overstepping his boundaries. In 2018, Offerman was interviewed by the RBS on the third anniversary of the resolution and said that he now identified as a republican and believed that the monarchy was an unequal institution that was out of touch with the general public. He said that his stance changed due to arguments made by many other Sierran republicans.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Electoral history[edit | edit source]

Flag of Clark.svg 2010 Sierran Senate election in Clark Coat of arms of Clark.svg
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Libertarian Porter Offerman 299,337 44.2% +11.2%
Royalist Isaac Jackman 239,063 35.3% -7.3%
Democratic-Republican Michael A. Wright 138,833 20.5% +5.5%
Majority 60,270 8.9%
Turnout 677,233 100%
Libertarian gain from Royalist Swing

See also[edit | edit source]