Gail Lightfoot is a retired professional nurse living with retired Navy Senior Chief journalist Richard E. Venable in Arroyo Grande, California, San Luis Obispo county. Between them they have six children, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. They spend their time (when not actively involved in party activities or campaigns) swing dancing, attending Jazz concerts or traveling and visiting with other like-minded individuals or family.
Lightfoot was granted a diploma in Nursing at the end of a three year program at Los Angeles County General Hospital School of Nursing in 1959, three days after the birth of her oldest child. (The hospital has since affiliated with USC and been renamed LA County/USC Medial Center. The nursing school has become a 2 year Associate Degree program.) Her experience in nursing ranges from the small office, large clinics to Hospital Surgical units, ICU, CCU, ER and Home Care including high tech home IV Therapy, chart review for research projects and Utilization Review.
Lightfoot became a Charter member of the Libertarian Party in Jan. 1972, She has been active within the Libertarian Party of California since 1980. Lightfoot has served the LPC as a candidate for Representative in Congress four times (1986, 1988, 1990 and 1996), Secretary of State in 1998 and for U.S. Senate in 2000. Lightfoot has also served the LPC as State Secretary (1989), State Chair (1990, 1995-96) and Southern Vice Chair (1993-94). In 1990 and 1996 Lightfoot signed several ballot arguments and the Party's ballot description, as state Chair of the Libertarian Party of California and as a candidate for statewide office in 1998 and 2000.
In 1990 Lightfoot represented the LPC in Lightfoot Vs March Fong Eu, a lawsuit regarding nominating candidates by convention and caucus. Lightfoot was the single most significant Plaintiff along with other individuals and four political Parties asking the U.S. Supreme court to overturn Prop 198, the Open (Blanket) Primary. Quotes from Lightfoot's testimony are contained within the text of the District Court judge's decision and his footnotes to the decision. Lightfoot was very pleased to see the U.S. Supreme Court rule in favor of the plaintiffs ending the Blanket Primary in California. Lightfoot considers sitting in the US Supreme Court to hear the oral arguments in the case April 24, 2000 her most memorable experience.