Has any elected American politician, on the state or federal level, endorsed using proportional representation to elect American legislators? I would consider an endorsement of single transferable vote, party-list ballots, mixed-member proportional representation, or any other proportional representation system, or unspecified support for proportional representation an endorsement.

One imagines that, seeing as how almost every elected American politician is a member of a major party, they would not want to risk their jobs by promoting a system that could promote alternate parties, but nevertheless, has any american politician endorsed proportional representation? Bonus points if they have endorsed it while holding office or while running for office as part of a major party.

  • Ron Paul? (I'm just guessing but it's an informed guess). Kucinich? Generally look for minor 3rd party people, there's plenty of those on state level. – user4012 Nov 6 '14 at 12:47
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    Avi, This is a great question - AND i know somebody out there is going to say "define politician." You did a great job starting that discussion - and I moved the fuller discussion to meta, just in case. – Affable Geek Nov 6 '14 at 19:24
  • For my purposes, somebody who holds elected office. For the purposes of this question, I have a preference towards a legislator from a major party. – Publius Nov 6 '14 at 19:41
  • I disagree with Affable Geek. I don't like this question, and here's why. When I judge a question, what I mostly do is imagine a basic user story where a third party is curious about something, finds this question, sees what would theoretically be a good answer to this question, and leaves with his or her curiosity satisfied. I can't imagine this question fitting into that user story. – Sam I am says Reinstate Monica Nov 6 '14 at 19:42
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    @SamIam you don't think a person, curious about the feasibility of the implementation of PR in the US, might wonder if a politician endorsed it. – Publius Nov 6 '14 at 19:43

Yes, at least 1 politician has supported proportional representation: Dennis Kucinich

Kucinich replied: Well, it should happen. So, it’s really a step towards democratization, so that points of view that are held in the general populace are not squelched because they don’t reach some numerical sigificance that we call a majority. You know, majority politics are all very interesting, but what’s happening in the United States, with increasingly blurring the differences between the two parties, there’s a hunger for alternatives, and there’s a hunger for those alternatives to find a means of inclusion into the process. So, certainly, that’s one way to do it. And we need to broaden our discussion in America. When you come here (to Sweden) and you see so many different political persuasions represented, and our politics back home are monochromatic – I mean, increasingly. It’s grey, and you can’t really tell the difference. Here, you can. But at the same time, there’s a common commitment to the nation. We need to awaken those sentiments in America. And one way to do it is proportional representation.”


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    Member of a major party, ran for and held office. This is a good answer. – Publius Nov 6 '14 at 20:04
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    @Avi - heh. I'll give myself a pat on the back for proposing that candidate for an answer without even doing research :) – user4012 Nov 7 '14 at 15:58

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