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Ray Peterson
Wyoming State Senate District 19
In office
Term ends
January 6, 2019
Years in position 11
Base salary$150/day
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
County Commissioner, Big Horn County
Date of birthMay 3, 1959
Place of birthLovell, WY
Office website
R. Ray Peterson (b. May 3, 1959) is a Republican member of the Wyoming State Senate, representing District 19. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2004.


Peterson attended Northwest College from 1977 to 1978. He went on to attend Brigham Young University from 1981 to 1982. He has worked as Vice President for Office Shop Incorporated since 1984.

Peterson served on the Town Council of Cowley from 1986 to 1992. He then served as County Commissioner for Big Horn County in from 1992 to 2000. In 2002, Peterson ran for the Wyoming State Senate but was defeated. He was then appointed to the Wyoming State Senate in 2005.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Wyoming Committee Assignments, 2015
Joint Revenue, Chair
Joint Labor, Health and Social Services


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Peterson served on the following committees:


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Peterson 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 Ray Peterson ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Wyoming State Senate elections, 2010

Peterson was re-elected to the Wyoming State Senate, District 19. He was unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary election. He was unopposed in the November 2, 2010, general election.[4][5]

Wyoming State Senate, District 19 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ray Peterson (R) 5,678
Wyoming State Senate, District 19 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png R. Ray Peterson (R) 4,253


See also: Wyoming State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Ray Peterson won re-election to the Wyoming State Senate, District 19. He ran unopposed.[6]

Peterson raised $5,300 for his campaign.[7]

Wyoming State Senate, District 19 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ray Peterson (R) 5,985

Campaign donors


In 2010, Peterson received $1,000 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.[8]

Wyoming State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ray Peterson's campaign in 2010
Williams Companies$500
QEP Resources$100
MDU Resources Group$100
Trucking Industry PAC$100
Wyoming Stockgrowers Association$100
Total Raised in 2010 $1,000


In the year 2006, Peterson raised $5,300 for his campaign.[9]

His top four contributors were:

Donor Amount
Pfizer $1,000
Boots Shumway $500
Union Pacific Railroad $500
Wyoming Education Association $500


Presidential preference


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

Ray Peterson endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.


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

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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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] Peterson received a score of 40% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 17th 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.


Peterson and his wife, Cresta, have three children.[1]

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