The United States Pirate Party was founded in 2006, the second Pirate Party in the world (after Sweden). In 2015, Massachusetts Pirates sent the first Pirate in US history, Steve Revilak, to elected office. Our chapter, the Illinois Pirate Party, was founded in 2012, but by year’s end was largely inactive and never received official recognition from the USPP and Pirate National Committee outside of observer status. In 2020, the party was reorganized into the current iteration.