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Rupert Boneham

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Rupert Boneham
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Candidate for
Governor of Indiana
Date of birthJanuary 27, 1964
Place of birthDetroit, MI
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Rupert Boneham (b. January 27, 1964) was the Libertarian Party nominee for Governor of Indiana in the 2012 gubernatorial election.[1]


Boneham was born on January 27, 1964 in Detroit, MI and grew up in Kokomo, IN. He gained international celebrity as a contestant on the reality-based game show "Survivor." Using prize money from the show, Boneham created Rupert's Kids, an organization that mentors at-risk youth. He also owns and operates several small businesses.[1]

Boneham is Vice President of I Saw You On TV, Owner of RFB Enterprises, and CEO/Owner of Tournament Towers.[2]



'See also: Indiana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Boneham ran on the Libertarian ticket for Governor of Indiana.[3] He lost to Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mike Pence in the November 6, 2012 general election. His running mate was Brad Klopfenstein.

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Indiana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Gregg / Vi Simpson 46.6% 1,200,016
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pence / Sue Ellspermann 49.5% 1,275,424
     Libertarian Rupert Boneham / Brad Klopfenstein 4% 101,868
     Independent Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish 0% 21
Total Votes 2,577,329
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.

Issue positions

  • Jobs:

The major issue of the 2012 campaign was jobs, with each candidate detailing their plan to get citizens back to work. Boneham said Indiana farmers could begin growing fiber crops, including hemp and bamboo, in order to allow clothes and other goods to be made within the state.[4]

  • Economic development:

In terms of economic development, Boneham said he would address the entire state, but divide it into three sections in order to focus each area on their individual needs. This would include a concentration on industrial businesses in northern Indiana, and an agricultural focus in southern areas.[5]

Campaign donors

Boneham lost the election to the position of Governor of Indiana in 2012. During that election cycle, Boneham raised a total of $77,241.


Bonehan and his wife, Laura, live in Indianapolis. They have one daughter, Raya.[1]

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