Nathan LaFrance

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Nathan LaFrance
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Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, Arkansas
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University
Master'sUniversity of Delaware
ProfessionEnergy Manager
Nathan LaFrance was a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate representing Arkansas. Nathan LaFrance lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


A native of northeastern Pennsylvania, LaFrance studied Mineral Economics at Penn State University, receiving his B.S. in 2000.[1]

Following graduation, he began his career in the energy industry as an energy trader and manager with Exelon. While working with Exelon, he earned his M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from the University of Delaware in 2005.[2] He left Exelon in 2009 to work as a term trader for Ameren until 2011. In 2011, LaFrance began working at his current position as senior manager of energy strategy with Wal-Mart, Inc. In 2012, he earned a Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting from Penn State University.[3]


Campaign themes


LaFrance listed the following campaign themes on his Facebook page:[4]

  • Affordable Care Act: "Let's repeal!"
  • Entitlement programs: "49% of Americans receive government benefits (2011,Census). We must defeat this culture of dependency that feeds gov't growth...[this includes] phasing out social security and the many federal welfare programs, and forcing the federal government to operate under a required balanced budget."



LaFrance ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent Arkansas. He was defeated by Tom Cotton (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[5]

U.S. Senate, Arkansas General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cotton 56.5% 478,819
     Democratic Mark Pryor Incumbent 39.5% 334,174
     Libertarian Nathan LaFrance 2% 17,210
     Green Mark Swaney 2% 16,797
Total Votes 847,000
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State


LaFrance lives in Bella Vista, Arkansas, with his wife and six daughters.[1]

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