August 23, 2017, Salt Lake City – Former Massachusetts Governor and 2016 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee Bill Weld has joined the Honorary Board of the Our America Initiative, a nonprofit advocacy organization led by former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.
Weld joins other prominent leaders on the Honorary Board such as Judge Jim Gray (Ret.), Barry Goldwater Jr., John Mackey, co-founder of Whole Foods, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, and Alexander McCobin, president of Conscious Capitalism.
Founded by Governor Gary Johnson, the Our America Initiative focuses on reducing the size and scope of government, promoting civil and individual liberty, and supporting free markets.
Announcing the addition of Governor Weld to the Honorary Board, Johnson said, “As governor of Massachusetts, Bill Weld proved that government can be reduced in size and cost, can respect individual rights, and can get out of the way of job-creating growth. He not only supported, but carried out the kinds of policies Our America advocates.”
“I am honored that he is joining us, and look forward to working with him to promote the liberty movement all across the nation,” said Johnson.
Bill Weld was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1990 with 51 percent of the vote, and was re-elected in 1994 with 71 percent of the vote. Despite the state legislature being controlled by a Democratic majority, Weld cut taxes 21 times and did not permit any tax increases.
He championed programs to help welfare recipients get jobs to reduce their long-term dependence on government assistance and achieve greater self-reliance.
In 1992, he was rated the most fiscally conservative governor in the United States by the Wall Street Journal.