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Wyoming Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $35,761,497
Term limits:  8 years in a 16 year period
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Wyoming Constitution, Article 4, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Matt Mead 2011.jpg
Name:  Matt Mead
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 3, 2011
Compensation:  $105,000
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Governor of the State of Wyoming is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Wyoming. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is term limited to two four-year terms in any 16 year span.

As of May 2015, Wyoming is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.

See also: Wyoming State Legislature, Wyoming House of Representatives, Wyoming State Senate

Current officer

The 32nd and current governor is Matt Mead, a Republican elected in 2010.


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article 4, the Executive Department.

Under Article 4, Section I:

The executive power shall be vested in a governor...


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A candidate for governor must be:

  • a citizen of the United States
  • a resident of Wyoming for at least five years preceding the election
  • a qualified elector of Wyoming on the day of the election
  • at least 30 years old

Additionally, a sitting governor is ineligible for any other office.

Any governor who asks for, receives, or agrees to receive a bribe automatically forfeits his office and his right to hold any other office in Wyoming upon his conviction.


This is a picture of a boot that lists all the governors of Wyoming. It sits outside the Cheyenne train depot.
See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled

Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article 4, Section 6.

Wyoming has no office of the lieutenant governor; the Secretary of State serves as an ex officio Lieutenant Governor.

If the sitting Governor dies, resigns, is removed or impeached, is absent, or is temporarily or permanently unable to discharge the office, the Secretary of State shall serve as the Acting Governor for the remainder of the term or until the disability or absence ends.


The Governor is the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces and upholds and executes all laws faithfully (§ 4).

The governor does not have the power to create a law but does have the power to veto or reject a proposed law, subject to a majority override of the legislature (§ 8). He has a similar veto over appropriations (§ 9).

The governor is responsible for presenting revenue and expenditure data along with a state budget recommendation to the Wyoming Legislature.

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • Addressing the General Assembly at the commencement of each session concerning the state of the state and making recommendations for legislation (§ 4)
  • Transacting all civil and military business of the state and expediting all measures the legislature has resolved upon (§ 4)
  • Remitting fines and forfeitures, and granting reprieves, pardons, and commutations, excepting cases of treasons, where her power is limited to suspending the sentence pending the legislature's action (§ 5)
  • Filling all vacancies not otherwise provided for (§ 7)


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Wyoming state government organizational chart

Wyoming elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Wyoming, 2018, 2022, 2026, 2030 and 2034 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election.

If two candidates are tied after the general election, the legislature shall jointly cast ballots to choose between the two top vote getters.

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

Wyoming governors are restricted to 8 years in office during any 16 year period.

Wyoming Statutes § 22-5-103

The person, by the end of the current term of office will have served, or but for resignation, would have served eight (8) or more years in any sixteen (16) year period in the office for which the candidate is seeking nomination or election, except, that any time served in that particular office prior to January 1, 1993, shall not be counted for purposes of this term limit. This provision shall apply to the offices of governor...
  • Note on Wyoming: Wyoming has no constitutional term limits. The statute was adapted in a 1992 ballot measure. Part of that measure relating to legislative term limits was declared unconstitutional by the state supreme court, in the case of Cathcart v. Meyer. It is unclear whether entire of the provision is legal.[1]

Partisan composition

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Wyoming from 1992-2013.

Governor of Wyoming Partisanship.PNG

Full history


See also: Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican incumbent Matt Mead won re-election on November 4, 2014.

Governor of Wyoming, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Mead Incumbent 59.4% 99,700
     Democratic Pete Gosar 27.3% 45,752
     Independent Don Wills 5.9% 9,895
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 5.1% 8,490
     Libertarian Dee Cozzens 2.4% 4,040
Total Votes 167,877
Election Results via Wyoming Secretary of State.

State budget

Role in state budget

See also: Wyoming state budget and finances

The state operates on a biennial budget cycle. The sequence of key events in the budget process is as follows:[2][3]

  1. Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies on or before June 15.
  2. State agencies submit their budget requests in September.
  3. Agency hearings are held by November 20.
  4. The Wyoming State Legislature adopts a budget in March. A simple majority is required to pass a budget.
  5. The biennial budget cycle begins in July.

Wyoming is one of 44 states in which the governor has line item veto authority.[3]

In Wyoming, the governor is constitutionally required to submit a balanced budget. In addition, the legislature is constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget.[3]

Governor's office budget

The budget for the Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is $35,761,497.[4]


See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 9, Chapter 3 of the Wyoming Statutes

Title 9, Chapter 3, Article 1 (§9‑3-101) of the Wyoming Statutes sets the governor's annual salary at $105,000.[5] The amount of compensation the governor receives is fixed by law, pursuant to Article 4, Section 13 of the Wyoming Constitution. Under this article, the salaries of the governor and other constitutionally specified executives "shall not be increased or diminished during the period for which they were elected, and all fees and profits arising from any of the said offices shall be covered into the state treasury."


In 2014, the governor received a salary of $105,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the governor's salary remained at $105,000.[7]


In 2010, the Governor of Wyoming was paid $105,000 a year, the 40th highest gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

There have been 32 governors of Wyoming since 1890. Of the 32 officeholders, 21 were Republican, 10 were Democrats, and 1 was Democratic (Fusion).[8]


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
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Partisan breakdown of the Wyoming governorship from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, in Wyoming there were Democratic governors in office for 11 years while there were Republican governors in office for 11 years, including the last three. Wyoming was under Republican trifectas for the last three years of the study period.

Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Wyoming, the Wyoming State Senate and the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1992-2013.

Partisan composition of Wyoming state government(1992-2013).PNG

SQLI and partisanship

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Wyoming state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. Though Wyoming had a number of Republican trifectas during the course of the study, both its highest and lowest rankings occurred during divided governments. In 2007 it finished 24th, and in 2010 it finished 4th, marking a large shift in a short amount of time.

Chart displaying the partisanship of the Wyoming government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

State profile

Wyoming's population in 2014 was 584,153.

Wyoming's population in 2014 was 584,153 according to the United States Census Bureau. This estimate represented a 3.6 percent change from the bureau's 2010 estimate. The state's population per square mile was 5.8 in 2010, trailing the national average of 87.4. Wyoming experienced a 2.8 percent increase in total employment from 2011 to 2012 based on census data, exceeding a 2.2 percent increase at the national level during the same period.[9]


Wyoming fell below the national average for residents who attained at least bachelor's degrees based on census data from 2009 to 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.7 percent of Wyoming residents aged 25 years and older attained bachelor's degrees compared to 28.8 percent at the national level. The median household income in Wyoming was $57,406 between 2009 and 2013 compared to a $53,046 national median income. Census information showed a 10.9 percent poverty rate in Wyoming during the study period compared to a 14.5 percent national poverty rate.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2013[9]
Race Wyoming (%) United States (%)
White 92.7 77.7
Black or African American 1.7 13.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.6 1.2
Asian 0.9 5.3
Two or More Races 1.9 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 9.7 17.1

Presidential Voting Pattern, 2000-2012[10][11]
Year Democratic vote in Wyoming (%) Republican vote in Wyoming (%) Democratic vote in U.S. (%) Republican vote in U.S. (%)
2012 27.6 68.2 51.1 47.2
2008 32.4 64.4 52.9 45.7
2004 28.8 68.2 48.3 50.7
2000 27.3 66.7 48.4 47.9

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[12]

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Contact information

State Capitol
200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0010


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