(BLOOMBERG) — John B. Anderson, a former Republican congressman from Illinois who challenged the two-party system by running as an independent candidate in the 1980 presidential election, has died. He was 95.
He died Dec. 3 in Washington, the Associated Press reported, citing a statement released by Anderson’s family.
The 10-term legislator campaigned as a centrist alternative to Republican challenger Ronald Reagan and Democratic President Jimmy Carter, espousing a mix of conservative and liberal ideology. He supported a balanced budget and limits on federal spending, while calling for a 50-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax to discourage unnecessary driving and bolster Social Security.