IAMA entrepreneur, Ironman, scaler of Mt Everest, and Presidential candidate. I'm Gary Johnson - AMA
I've been referred to as the ‘most fiscally conservative Governor’ in the country, was the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2003. I bring a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, believing that decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology.
I'm a avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist. I have currently reached four of the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest.
HISTORY & FAMILY
I was a successful businessman before running for office in 1994. I started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay my way through college. Twenty years later, I had grown the firm into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico with over 1,000 employees. .
I'm best known for my veto record, which includes over 750 vetoes during my time in office, more than all other governors combined and my use of the veto pen has since earned me the nickname “Governor Veto.” I cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. When I left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget.
I was term-limited, and retired from public office in 2003.
In 2009, after becoming increasingly concerned with the country’s out-of-control national debt and precarious financial situation, the I formed the OUR America Initiative, a 501c(4) non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy. I've traveled to more than 30 states and spoken with over 150 conservative and libertarian groups during my time as Honorary Chairman.
I have two grown children - a daughter Seah and a son Erik. I currently resides in a house I built myself in Taos, New Mexico.
I've scaled the highest peaks of 4 continents, including Everest.
I've competed in the Bataan Memorial Death March, a 25 mile desert run in combat boots wearing a 35 pound backpack.
I've participated in Hawaii’s invitation-only Ironman Triathlon Championship, several times.
I've mountain biked the eight day Adidas TransAlps Challenge in Europe.
Today, I finished a 458 mile bicycle "Ride for Freedom" all across New Hampshire.
For more information you can check out my website www.GaryJohnson2012.com
EDIT: Great discussion so far, but I need to call it quits for the night. I'll answer some more questions tomorrow.