Ed Rankin

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Ed Rankin
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 32
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionLeadership development consultant/executive coach
Campaign website
Ed Rankin was a 2014 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.[1] Ed Rankin lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Rankin was a 2012 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 30th Congressional District of Texas.


Rankin is a leadership development consultant and expert executive coach. He holds a B.S. in psychology, an M.S. in labor and industrial relations and an M.A. in human and organizational systems. He also has a graduate certificate in evidence-based coaching.[2]


Campaign themes


Rankin's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Abolish the IRS code: "The IRS is a job killing entity. It bears no constitutional support and has become a monstrous bureaucracy preventing Americans from prospering. Individuals have the right to keep the fruits of their labor, corporations have the right to invest their earnings into job creation, and the government should welcome investment back into America. The IRS bureaucracy has created incentives for interest groups to bribe politicians into getting special treatments and pay favorable tax rates while we as individuals and small business owners pay their bills. This monstrosity has to end."
  • Strong National Defense: "Our brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers in uniform come home from the traumas of war with the love in their hearts believing that they have defended their families and the constitution. They also come back home being promised to be treated for post-war illnesses. If you ask those in medical needs, they will tell you stories about 300 day waiting lines. They will tell you how the trauma of war fueled by no care has made their battalion siblings commit suicide. We have not sent our families to join the military and paid taxes so that the Federal Government herd them into wars as cattle to be slaughtered not only during war, but back at home. This outrageous reality must change."
  • No to Centralize Healthcare: "If you research about hospital wait times in Canada, results will shock you. It is not unreasonable to expect 6-8 hours wait time when visiting an emergency room in the city of Montreal. It is also not unreasonable to expect a year long wait time if you need to have a hip surgery. The so called Affordable Care Act or Obamacare paves the path towards a centralized healthcare system. When Obamacare was introduced, it was also promised that premiums would not go up, people would be able to keep their health insurance plans, and it would not become an added tax burden. Unfortunately, the math did not work the way it was dreamed and all of these promises were proved to be nothing but lies."
  • Gun rights: "Guns, knives, even bare hands, are only tools. The responsibly lies with the user of any tool to use in a responsible manner. It is the law abiding citizen who does not use a gun irresponsibly, and it is always the criminal who does the opposite. Therefore, for the argument of self-protection, guns are only tools to enhance individual security. In a utopia of civilization, there might come a time when weapons of any sort would not be produced anymore, and neither the governments of the world, nor the citizens would have the need to use them. However, whether that time comes in my lifetime or not, the second amendment of the constitution is the law of the land and is there to protect citizens from harm’s way, whether it be used to protect citizens from individual criminals, or to defend against a tyrannical government."
  • No to NSA Spying: ""The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The above quote is the 4th amendment of our constitution. It is a tragedy that we live in a time when our Federal Government has outlawed the constitution. As your congressman, I will fight against all those who attack our 4th amendment, and would honor those heroes who shine light on illegal spying."


—Ed Rankin's campaign website, http://edrankinforcongress.com/issues



See also: Texas' 32nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Rankin ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 32nd District. Rankin won the Libertarian Party nomination at the state convention in April 2014.[5] He was defeated by incumbent Pete Sessions (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]

U.S. House, Texas District 32 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPete Sessions Incumbent 61.8% 96,495
     Democratic Frank Perez 35.4% 55,325
     Libertarian Ed Rankin 2.7% 4,276
Total Votes 156,096
Source: Texas Secretary of State


See also: Texas' 30th Congressional District elections, 2012

Rankin ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 30th District. He ran as a Libertarian candidate. He ran against Travis Washington, Jr. (R) and incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

U.S. House, Texas District 30 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 78.8% 171,059
     Republican Travis Washington, Jr. 19% 41,222
     Libertarian Ed Rankin 2.2% 4,733
Total Votes 217,014
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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