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Leland Christensen

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Leland Christensen
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Wyoming State Senate District 17
In office
Term ends
January 6, 2019
Years in position 4
Base salary$150/day
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Leland Christensen is a Republican member of the Wyoming State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Christensen worked as a law enforcement officer and as an auctioneer. He served for fifteen years in the National Guard and with the 19th Special Forces Group in the U.S. Army.

Prior to his election to the senate, Christensen was elected to two terms as a Teton County Commissioner.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Christensen served on the following committees:

Wyoming Committee Assignments, 2015
Joint Judiciary, Chair
Joint Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources
Judiciary, Chair
Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Christensen served on the following committees:


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Christensen served on these committees:



See also: Wyoming State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Wyoming State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 19, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 30, 2014. Incumbent Leland Christensen ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Wyoming State Senate elections, 2010

Christensen defeated Democrat Tom Frisbie for the open seat in the November 2, 2010, general election. Christensen defeated Republican Sam Harrell in the August 17 primary election.[4][5]

Wyoming State Senate, District 17 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Leland Christensen (R) 3,688
Tom Frisbie (D) 3,339
Wyoming State Senate, District 17 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Leland Christensen (R) 2,448
Samuel M. Harrell (R) 610

Campaign donors


In 2010, the year Christensen was first elected to the Senate, he collected $31,796 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Republican $2,000
Danny Williams $1,300
10 other contributors $1,000 each


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Leland Christensen endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [7]


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Wyoming

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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In 2012, the Wyoming State Legislature was in session from January 11 through February 13 through March 9.[8]

Legislators are scored on "whether they support or inhibit liberty."


In 2011, the Wyoming State Legislature was in session from January 11 through March 3.[9]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "key environmental bills."

Wyoming Liberty Index

The Wyoming Liberty Index, a study created in 2003, issues a Scorecard that rates all final bills in the Wyoming State Legislature on whether the bills supported or hindered liberty. Legislators are also given a "liberty score" based on their voting patterns. The Wyoming Liberty Index 2012 report was issued on the 61st Legislature during the 2012 budget session. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates a higher level of "aye" votes on bills considered pro-liberty and "nay" votes on what the organization considers anti-liberty bills.[10] Christensen received a score of 23% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 28th out of 31 members of the Wyoming State Senate. Although there are 30 members of the Senate, a 31st "hypothetical legislator" voting nay on every bill was also included.


Christensen and his wife, Anita, have five children.

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Preceded by
Grant Larson
Wyoming State Senate District 17
Succeeded by