Ed Kless

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Ed Kless
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Former candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
Campaign website
Ed Kless briefly ran for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor in the 2014 elections.[1] On December 7, 2013, he withdrew from the race to run for State Chair of the Texas Libertarian Party.[2]

Kless was a 2012 Libertarian candidate for District 8 of the Texas State Senate.


Kless is the senior director of partner development and strategy at Sage. He is also a senior fellow at the VeraSage Institute, a free market think tank.[3]



See also: Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Kless briefly ran for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor.[1] He withdrew on December 7, 2013.[2]


See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Kless ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 8. Kless ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was defeated by Ken Paxton (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Paxton 62.3% 178,238
     Democratic Jack Ternan 34.6% 99,010
     Libertarian Ed Kless 3.1% 8,899
Total Votes 286,147


See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Kless was defeated by incumbent Florence Shapiro (R) in the November 2 general election.[4]

Texas State Senate, District 8
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Florence Shapiro (R) 136,369 84.02%
Ed Kless (L) 25,935 15.97%

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