Independent American Party of Nevada

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Independent American Party of Nevada
ChairpersonJoel Hansen
Founded1967; 52 years ago (1967)
Headquarters186 Ryndon Unit 12,
Elko, Nevada 89801
7260 West Azure Drive, Suite 140-100,
Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
IdeologyAmerican nationalism
Social conservatism
Political positionFar-right
National affiliationNone

The Independent American Party of Nevada (IAPN) is the former Nevada affiliate of the Constitution Party of the United States. It is not to be confused with the national party of the same name. It was founded in 1967.[1] It was one of four Constitution state parties that had not changed its name to "Constitution Party" since the national party adopted that name until it was later discontinued.[2] As the Nevada party's name predated the national Constitution Party by decades and also for personal reasons, the Nevada membership did not desire to change the name.

In addition to the party's successes in the 2006 and the 2010 elections, the Nevada IAP sent five unpaid lobbyists to every Nevada state legislative session, which convened every two years in February.

Past electoral successes and voter registration[edit]

The Nevada IAPN achieved electoral success in the 1990s with the election of a County Commissioner in Nye County and the election of Chuck Horne as the Mayor of Mesquite.[3] However the Party elected several candidates to office in 2006 with the elections of Jackie Berg as Eureka County Clerk and Cel Ocha as Constable of Searchlight. Another Party member, Bruce Wilkerson, was elected to the Elko School Board in 2004.

2010 election victories[edit]

In the 2010 elections, three Independent American Party candidates were elected to local offices and one was re-elected.[4] Several IAPN candidates also performed well in various state and legislative elections, including the election for Nevada State Assembly, District 33, where Janine Hansen won 30.81% of the vote and placed second in a three-way race.[5] The IAP candidate for State Attorney General, Joel Hansen, also secured 7.81% of the vote.

Voter registration numbers[edit]

As of the Close of Registration, October 2010, the Independent American Party had a total number of 62,724 registered voters in the Party.[6] Party growth had surged since 2004 due to the rough political climate in Nevada and the constant publicity that the party and its members get from the state media.

Decline of the political party[edit]

As of 2017, the party faces steeper decline on voter registration numbers and as a political party itself and has not recovered ever since former 2014 gubernatorial candidate David Lory VanDerBeek complained on a hidden YouTube video about the corruption within the Independent American Party of Nevada (IAPN). On October 25, 2013, it nearly led to the breakup of a political party by completely distancing the Independent American Party of Nevada (IAPN) itself called the Constitution Party of Nevada, which was established in Reno, Nevada and supported by the national party itself.[7][8]


  • Daniel Hansen: 1967–1980
  • Joel Hansen: 2002–2004 and 2016–present
  • Christopher Hansen: 2004–2008
  • Mark Andrews: 2008–2009
  • John Wagner: 2009–2016


  1. ^ "Independent American Party". Archived from the original on March 21, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Frequently Asked Questions Archived July 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "election". June 9, 1999. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau (November 4, 2010). "IAP wins local contests". Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Elko County". November 3, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "Nevada Secretary of State : Close of Registration Statistics - October 2010 Total". Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  7. ^ Redlich, Warren (October 21, 2013). "Northern Nevada Constitution Party Forms". Independent Political Report. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Constitution Party of Nevada". Nevada Secretary of State. Archived from the original on July 27, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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