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Patricia Kent is a farm girl, born and raised in Malad, Idaho where she learned to work hard, play hard, respect others and love this beautiful, covenant land of America.

Patricia was raised in a patriotic family. Her ancestors helped settle this nation, coming into Jamestown and many ports along the eastern seaboard.  They fought and some died in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and continue to serve in the military today; It was no surprise when Patricia joined the Army Reserves in the 1970's to serve her country.

Her Great Great Grandfather spent many years working to help Utah become a state and helped write the Utah State Constitution.

Patricia graduated from Weber State College in 1980 with a BS degree in Political Science and a secondary education teaching certificate. She moved to St. George, Utah in 1981 to teach high school, where she taught physical education, AP History, American Government and Law and coached girls athletics.

After her studies in Political Science, Patricia said she would never get involved in politics because it was to corrupt, however, as the years have passed and the liberty and freedoms of the people have diminished under the hands of our elected officials, she has stepped up and made her voice heard. She has run for public office, been a delegate to state conventions, was the Chairman of the Washington County Tea Party Coalition, is the founder and Chair of the Liberty Action Coalition and speaks out constantly on the Constitution and what we must do to restore it to its proper place in our government.

Patricia's goal for the Independent American Party is to reach out to all Americans, to unite "We The People" in the cause of restoring the original Constitution to it's rightful place as the governing Law of the Land.  To build the IAP to become the clear party choice of all liberty loving people!

National Chairman

Patricia Kent


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Steve Pankretz

Steve enlisted in the Marines and was taught about the Constitution.  In college, he studied under W. Cleon Skousen in the Freeman Institute, which later became the National Center for Constitutional Studies.  


Steve has been a member of the John Birch Society for several years.  He was introduced to the Independent American Party in 2010, and has been a state coordinator and media committee chairman.


He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Political Economics.

Regional Coordinators

Eastern/All Regional Coordinator (see map)

Scott Bartlett

Scott was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when a client asked him to help with his business.  He has been married for 35 years, and has five children.

Scott has a variety of jobs, including being a paramedic in Minneapolis, a Small Business Development Officer for what is now Wells Fargo, and Investment Banker for a private funds management company. He recently retired from Sioux Falls Tower and Communications as General Manager of one of their subdivisions.

Scott has been active in politics since his days at the University of Minnesota.  He has been a candidate for office, and has been active behind the scenes in various political organizations.  He is a frequent speaker in support of the Constitution.

In his personal time, Scott is dedicated to serving those around him.  He served on the Sioux Falls Board of Health, and actively serves in his church working to put volunteers and organizations together.  He is a Merit Badge Counselor, and likes to spend his time volunteering at organizations that help the homeless.

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National 1st Vice-Chair

Midwest Regional Coordinator (see map)

Leo Lindquist

Leo was born prematurely on May 1, 1951 weighing in at 3 lbs. 9 /12 ozs., in St. Paul, Minnesota (Minne-snow-ta). Looking back he senses he came into this world on the 175th birthday of the founding of the Illuminati, to help rid the world of their existence. What a wonderful birthday present, it would be, to someday know, that such evil combinations no longer have a deceptive hold on society. The old saying that “knowledge is power” is especially true when one is trying to help others see both the lies and the truths that are about us.

He feels blessed to have come from a family, which remembered to put Old Glory out each holiday, and to have a father who having only an 8th grade education, taught Leo many good points about correct political principles. Like his father, Leo enjoys reading, specifically information and books about politics and diet. He helped campaign for Ron Paul in both the 2008 and 2012 election cycles.

His formal schooling was completed in St. Paul, and he completed one year of Automotive Mechanics after high school at a vocational school. He has had various jobs, but for most of his life, his working career has been in the transportation sector, as both employee and employer specifically repairing cars and small trucks. A few years were spent working as a mechanic on the class 8 trucks (semis), with some time in the parts dept. including shipping and receiving.

He woke up to the corruption in the two major parties, after listening to and watching George Bush, Sr. talk about the New World Order, during one of his State of the Union addresses. Further evidence of such double-dealings in the two major parties made even more sense, when his 95-year-old father voted for Ralph Nader in the 2000 election. He asked his father why he supported a third party candidate and his dad said: “I remember every election since Woodrow Wilson. The Republicans and the Democrats have had control of the White House and/or the Congress my entire life and still nothing changes. Either they don’t know what they are doing or they’re doing it on purpose.” Leo couldn’t refute the simple logic of his dad.

Leo enjoys being of service to others as time permits. Sometimes all it takes is a phone call, email, or a letter, or, heaven forbid, even one of his dumb, punny jokes, to help someone who is having challenges. He has also served for a number of years on the local school board and discovered that the word “independent” as part of the school district’s name is hardly appropriate, due to the various federal and state regulations that tie the Board’s hands.

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National 2nd Vice-Chair

Western Regional Coordinator (see map)

Cathy McDonald

Cathy worked for the Department of Defense, Air Force, where she was employed at McClellan AFB in Sacramento, CA.  When it closed, she transferred to Hill AFB in Utah.  After retiring, she managed her sister’s floral business.

Currently, Cathy works with girls ranging in age from 8-12 years old, and helps them cultivate a desire to serve others.  In the past, she also worked with the California Runaway Hotline, as she helped children find ways to change their environment for the better.

Cathy received an Associate's Degree from College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California, and attends  Brigham Young University-Idaho to major in Political Science.  She has been affilated with the Independent American Party since 2003. 

National 3rd Vice-Chair

Southern Regional Coordinator  (see map)

Veterans Committee Chairman

Mark G. Phillips

Born May 28, 1953 to J.W. And Virginia Phillips

Birth Place: Little Rock, Arkansas

Graduated from Catholic High School for Boys 1972

Entered the United States Air Force 1978.  1978-1981 Titan II Missile Maintenance Technician/Crew Chief 390th SMW/390th MIMS Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ., Tactical Air Command and Control Technician (TACP) 1981-1987.  Honorably discharged.

Married to Neita (Raper) Phillips February 20, 1993.


Retired from Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System July 2003.

Former presidential independent candidate in 2012. 

Religious Affiliation:  Member of Lemon Bay Church of Christ, Englewood Florida

My personal intent as a member and officer of the IAP is to reaffirm to the populace the original ideals and duties contained in the US Constitution. I further am intending to help build this party by showing others that our 15 Principles is what we as Americans should be adhering to.


My goal is to commit to one hour each day on party business.


My personal interests are: Elimination of all unconstitutional expenditures for federal agencies and departments not covered by the Constitution. Elimination of the Federal Income Tax and the IRS substituting in its place a national sales tax. It could be $.05 to $.10 on the dollar. Food and medicine exempted. By doing this, we can force the Federal Government into creating a balanced budget just like the states have.


This Party has “the right stuff”. We need to reach as many people as we can via social media and radio talk shows around the country. It wouldn’t hurt to have an article done on us in the NEW AMERICAN. Who knows, we might generate new members this way.


Our nation is falling deeper and deeper into the muck of indifference. We see gender confusion, the ugly head of racism rearing its ugly head more readily now. Children murdering or threatening to murder children in school, the war by the government on Christianity and openly supporting non-Christian religions (specifically Islam). A full remake back to what our country was founded for needs to be reemphasized: LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Acknowledging that God guided us in creating this country as a beacon to all oppressed individuals seeking freedom to live their lives without fear.

Membership Committee Chairman

Dr. Ron Bartles, JD, Ph.D.

Ron has earned a Juris Doctorate in law, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology.


He has been credited by peers as one of the first people to claim and use the term ‘Conservatarian.’  Since 1968, Ron has coached over 100 candidates as a political strategist.  


His methods focus on grassroots tactics, such as mobile kiosks, to raise money and recognition for the candidates he coaches.  As part of his strategy, Ron also admonishes those whom he coaches for public office to reject any money from lobbyists.  Those candidates who have followed his sage advice, have not only won office, but have remained free to represent their constituents, rather than the special interests of the lobbyists. This is important to Ron, because America was designed of the people, by the people, and for the people - not the special interests of lobbyists.

Rules Committee Chairman

Media Committee Chairman



Issues Committee Chairman

Events Committee Chairman



Public Relations Director

Executive Director of the Constitutional Law Committee

Nihla Judd

Nihla has been married for 48 years to James Judd.  They have 5 children and 18 grandchildren.  


She earned her Associates Degree from Weber State College, and attended Brigham Young University (BYU), where she is now an Adult Religion teacher.  Previous to teaching for BYU Adult Religion, Nihla also taught as a seminary Teacher at Dixie, Snow Canyon and Tuacahn High Schools, and as an Institute Teacher at Dixie State College Institute of Religion.

Nihla's desire to be a positive influence, and a force for good in her community has led to her current work as a tour guide for the historic Pine Valley Chapel in Southern Utah, and an LDS Family Services Support Group Missionary.  She also ran as an Independent American Party Candidate for the Utah State House of Representatives in 2014, where she captured 21% of the vote running against Don Ipson (Republican), and Cheryl Hawker (Democrat).  The news reported that to receive 21% of the vote was unheard of for a 3rd party candidate - they usually obtain only 2 - 3% of the vote.

Prior to being IAP Executive Assistant over Constitutional Law, Nihla was the IAP Western Regional Coordinator from 2015 - 2017.

Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Committee Chair

Randy O. Bowling

Randy holds a BS degree in Health Education & Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas (1978), interning in Occupational Safety & Health with Ark. Dept. of Labor. He also holds a Post BS Associate of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Accounting from Capital City Jr. College of Business (1987). This year he begins Master's Level Course Work in "Emergency Management & Homeland Security" at Arkansas Tech University.


His work experience includes Sheriff's Captain (retired) in Faulkner County, AR, as well as 2 tours as the Assistant Fire Chief (retired) and Mayor's Liaison at Twin Groves, AR.


In addition to his position as the Chair of the IAP’s Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Committee, Randy’s political experience includes Faulkner County Secretary and State Committeeman for the Young Democrats of Arkansas; candidate for the AR House of Representatives (D) in 2000, and again in 2006 (R).


He is a member of the Church of Christ, Patterson Masonic Lodge #111, the Little Rock Scottish Rite Bodies, and the Arkansas York Rite Bodies.


In early 2017, Randy and his wife, Sherril, happily celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary.