RLC National Committee Member Biographies
William Westmiller is a co-founder of the Canadian Libertarian Party, past
LP National Secretary and California LP Chairman. He was a Republican
candidate in California's 24 Congressional District, served as RLC
California Chairman, and as a national RLC Board member before being
elected as national RLC Secretary.
Bill has ten years of experience as a Data Processing
Manager, Radio/TV Broadcaster and retail store manager/owner. He has been
a member of the 999 society and the Electrochemical Society, wrote an
anti-gerrymandering initiative in California, and has been an official
spokesman for several school choice initiatives. His commentaries on
political issues have been published on several major internet websites.
Bill lives in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife
Robin and is the father of three adult daughters.
Lorenz founded the computer consulting firm, Lorenz Technologies, in 1990.
With offices in San Francisco and Sunnyvale, he provided network solutions
and computer systems to companies throughout the Bay Area. As the Internet
began to grow as a business and communications tool, Douglas returned to
college to update his focus.
While in college, Douglas became active in politics,
and used his computer skills to encourage greater online communication
among political efforts. Douglas has been very active in developing
volunteer political organizations, having created the first online
presence for the California College Republicans during his college years.
He continued his activities with volunteer political organizations through
the Republican Liberty Caucus, and currently serves as California RLC
Chairman. Adding to his technology background, Douglas completed his B.A.
degree from California State University Sacramento in Public Relations,
with a minor in Economics.
Douglas came to the political consulting firm Russo
Marsh & Rogers in 2000, and developed the company’s current
information technologies capabilities. Subsequently, during Bill Simon’s
campaign for Governor of California, Douglas served as the campaign’s
Director of Information Technologies, and designed the campaign’s mobile
“War Room” capabilities, allowing campaign staff to stay connected to
the main office during remote activities such as conventions and political
|At Large National
A member of the RLC since 1997, Richard Freedman has also been an officer
for the Massachusetts Coalition for Freedom as well as a Republican
Candidate for State Representative in 1996 and 1998. Nowadays rather than
running for office he supports the much more attractive candidacy of his
wife, Ilana Freedman. Running for the State Senate as a Libertarian in
2000, she got more votes than any other Libertarian State Senate candidate
in the country. Running for Congress in 2002 in a three-way race against
Marty Meehan, she got more votes than any other Libertarian Congressional
candidate in a three-way Congressional race.
Richard is a prolific writer of letters to the editor,
many of which can be seen on his website, http://www.rfreedman.org.
Richard Freedman is a resident of North Billerica, MA.
|At Large National
Bennett S. Kopp
Kopp is President/Owner of Sentinel Pension Institute, Inc. and of
Sentinel Information Services, Inc. The former company provides investment
consulting information to corporate pension plans; the latter provides
Information Marketing services.
After many years of Republican political activity on
the East Coast, Mr. Kopp relocated to Arizona in 1995. He became a
Republican Precinct Captain, was appointed to the Board of Arizona's
largest Legislative District and served as its Finance Chairman.
Mr. Kopp is Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus
of Arizona and an At Large member of the RLC National Board of Directors.
He has recently been reelected President of the Scottsdale Republican
Forum, one of the largest Republican clubs in Arizona. He has also served
on the Board of the Arizona 100 Club, an organization of more than 1,000
members, providing financial assistance to public safety personnel.
Additional political activities have included
conducting fundraisers for federal, state and local public officials on
the East Coast and in Arizona. Other interests include membership in
Toastmasters International where he has received awards for communication
|At Large National
A member of the RLC since 1991, Jeff Palmer currently serves as the North
Carolina RLC Coordinator and is a Past-Chairman of the Florida RLC
chapter. He has participated in innumerable GOP political campaigns and
has held leadership positions in more than a dozen GOP and non-partisan
political organizations in North Carolina, Florida, Maryland and
Pennsylvania - among them, his service on the Executive Board of the
Republican Party of Dade County [Florida] Executive Committee and as
President of the Kendall [Florida] Republican Club, co-founder of the
Columbia [Maryland] Republican Club, and founder of the South Florida RLC
Jeff is a Nuclear Engineering Consultant by background
with experience in radioactive waste site remediation, reactor
engineering, nuclear training, emergency preparedness, regulatory policy
studies, and technical management.
Born and raised in Southern California, Thomas Sewell
now hails from Northern Virginia in Mannassas. Thomas has been a die-hard
Lakers fan since the showtime era and a member of the RLC since 1998. He
started his career in politics as an eight-year old child passing out
flyers for Congressional Republican races in Southern California. Thomas
also spent several years as a founding member of the "Youth of
America", a political performing group for teenagers. During a later
stint as a professional petitioner, he learned to discuss political issues
with a variety of people in a non-confrontational manner.
Thomas was raised in a family environment with heavy
emphasis on freedom of choice, constitutional principles and a study of
history. With a love of history and a penchant for reading just about any
book he could get his hands on, it didn't take long for him to discover
works from such economic masters as Adam Smith, Ludwig Von Mises and
Thomas Sowell. This led him to F.A. Hayek and dozens of other related
authors, giving him a solid economic background to support his belief in
Having worked with computers since he was five years of
age, Thomas has spent much of his life in front of a computer screen.
After spending some time volunteering to rebuild old computers for use in
school classrooms, his first professional computer engagement started in
1995. He is currently employed as the Systems Engineering Manager for
Chelsea Interactive, where he and his department design and administer the
networks, servers and applications for a shared platform of retail
electronic commerce sites, including brands such as Ralph Lauren's
Polo.com, Timberland.com, Liz Claiborne's Elisabeth.com, Nike's
Colehaan.com, etc... Thomas also edits the BooksUnderReview.com
website, a collection of 100,000+ pages of books reviews organized by
Thomas' political priorities focus on reducing
government control of individual's freedom. He believes that the best way
to accomplish this in the short term is to push issues with broad support
for personal freedom such as school choice and reducing/eliminating taxes.
His belief is that more education without a socialist agenda combined with
smaller resources available to the forces of government control will
naturally lead to more freedom for all.
Dr. Murray Sabrin
Murray Sabrin is Professor of Finance in the School of Administration and
Business, Ramapo College of New Jersey. He is a nationally recognized
spokesman for free enterprise, limited government, and political
incorrectness. He has spoken before scores of civic, business and
educational organizations, and has been interviewed on approximately 200
cable television programs and radio shows throughout the United States. He
lectures frequently for the Foundation for Free Enterprise and has
lectured for the Foundation for Economic Education.
Sabrin hosted The Sabrin Report, a biweekly radio talk
show that aired on 1160 AM WVNJ, Oakland, New Jersey (1996-97). Sabrin's
show featured public officials, public policy analysts and authors,
discussing the issues that affect the income, wealth and quality of life
of the citizens of New Jersey. Previously, Sabrin hosted On the Money, a
weekly program featuring investment and financial analysts. Sabrin hosted
nearly 150 shows since he went on the air in January 1994.
He produced and hosted a half-hour special for New
Jersey Network, "Your Dollars: Up in $moke," which aired in
December 1990; "Up in $moke" was a weekly series on the Cable
Television Network during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. He hosted
approximately 40 half-hour shows.
Sabrin's op-ed articles have appeared in The Record
(Hackensack, NJ), The Newark Star Ledger, and Business News. His essays
have also appeared in Commerce Magazine, Mid-Atlantic Journal of Business,
and Privatization Review. He is the author of Tax Free 2000: The Rebirth
of American Liberty. He has finished a draft of a personal finance
textbook, and he is writing a book on politics and culture.
Dr. Sabrin was the 1997 Libertarian Party gubernatorial
candidate in New Jersey, and the first third party candidate to receive
matching funds and participate in the official debates. He received more
than 114,000 votes, approximately five percent of the turnout. In January
1999 he rejoined the Republican Party and formed an exploratory committee
to seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Frank Lautenberg. In the
June 2000 primary, he received nearly 13% of the vote in a field of four
candidates. In December 2000 he was elected Vice Chairman of the
Republican Liberty Caucus, a national GOP-affiliate organization dedicated
to helping elect individuals who support limited government, free
enterprise and personal freedom.
Adam J. Bernay
Adam was born April 15, 1975 in Fresno, California,
where he has lived for most of his life, except for a three-year period
when he moved to Los Angeles and attempted to break into the
screen-writing field ... and ended up homeless and broke on the streets of
Hollywood. He's since moved back to Fresno, gotten his Bachelors degree in
Communication Studies (minor in Mass Communication & Journalism) at
California State University Fresno, and has begun studies towards a
Masters of Theology in Rabbinical Studies from the correspondence
Messianic Bible Institute.
He has worked as a fund-raiser and research consultant
the Alliance for the Separation of School and State, the local talk show
producer for KMJ 580AM in Fresno, and a spokesman for the Gray Davis
Recall movement in California. He is also a columnist for the web journal Palace
of Reason. his column is called The Unmitigated Gall.
Adam currently serves as the RLC's GOP Activism. He is
the Secretary and Communications Director for the California Republican
Adam is a Messianic Ministry Apprentice with the
Messianic Bureau International and the Student Rabbi of a new Messianic
fellowship in Fresno. He hosts a weekly radio talk show, Right of Way,
Sundays from noon to two PM on KIRV 1510AM in Fresno, and his "paid
gig" is working as a Board Operator for KMPH NewsRadio 107.5FM in
Fresno. He is single and looking for Miss Right. His hobbies include
science fiction fandom, karaoke, and spouting opinions.