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Matt Mead
Matt Mead 2011.jpg
Governor of Wyoming
In office
January 3, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorDave Freudenthal (D)
Base salary$105,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Campaign $$1,814,718
Term limits8 years in a 16 year period
Prior offices
United States Attorney, State of Wyoming
Bachelor'sTrinity University (1984)
J.D.University of Wyoming College of Law (1987)
Date of birthMarch 11, 1962
Place of birthJackson, Wyoming
Office website
Campaign website
Matt Mead (b. March 11, 1962 in Jackson, Wyoming) is the 32nd and current Republican Governor of Wyoming. Mead easily won election in 2010, defeating Leslie Petersen (D) and Mike Wheeler (L) with over 65 percent of the vote.[1] He ran for re-election to a second term in the 2014 elections.[2] Matt Mead won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Mead stepped down from his post as U.S. Attorney in 2007 to run for the U.S. Senate, which went to John Barrasso (R). Mead was elected in 2010 on a conservative platform emphasizing gun rights and a number of social issues, including being opposed to gay marriage and abortion and promising to join the lawsuit against the federal Affordable Care Act.[3]

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Mead as the 11th most conservative governor in the country.[4]


Mead is a rancher in Albany/Goshen County. He previously served as United States Attorney for the State of Wyoming from 2001-2007, was Partner in a Private Law Practice from 1995-2001, and has been a Prosecutor in Campbell County, Special Assistant to the Attorney General in the State of Wyoming and an Assistant United States Attorney.[5]

He and his wife, Carol L. Mead, nee Mintzer, have two children.


  • J.D., University of Wyoming College of Law, 1987
  • Bachelor's, Trinity University, San Antonio, 1984

Political Career

Governor of Wyoming (2011-Present)

Mead was elected Governor of Wyoming on November 2, 2010.[6]

Republican governors support for Medicaid expansion

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced support for a federal proposal to expand Medicaid following the Republican Party's strong showing in the 2014 elections. All three governors sought to receive additional Medicaid funding proposed by President Barack Obama (D) while crafting state-level alternatives to requirements in the Affordable Care Act. For example, Haslam's proposal would create a two-year program to provide insurance vouchers and a health reimbursement system for low-income residents. Haslam, Herbert and Mead joined nine other Republican governors in seeking Medicaid expansion as of December 22, 2014.[7]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, Mead was ranked number 45. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[8][9]

Judicial appointments

As governor, Mead is responsible for appointing judges to Wyoming state courts. In Wyoming, the governor makes appointments following recommendations by the Wyoming Judicial Nominating Commission. For an up-to-date list of all of Mead's appointees, see Judgepedia's page on his appointments.

Healthcare legislation

In response to the December 13, 2010 Eastern District of Virginia ruling on Ken Cuccinelli's suit challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 health care reform law, Governor-elect Mead said:

“Congress has limits on its authority,” said the Governor-Elect, reaffirming that his attorney general would immediately seek to join the Florida lawsuit in which 20 states were involved challenging the Congress’s power. He cautioned, however, that the ruling “is not the final step” in the process, and that the issue would likely be resolved by the Supreme Court. He said that he hoped for a quick decision so that states could plan as they go forward.[10]

Healthcare information technology

The federal government approved Wyoming’s electronic exchange of health information plan in April 2011. This sign-off released about $4.3 million over four years to support the exchange of electronic health information between health-care providers across Wyoming.

“Technology and broadband connectivity are great equalizers in a rural state like Wyoming,” Gov. Mead said in a press release. “They create efficiencies that will save money, provide better health care and in this case also assure patient safety.”[11]

Presidential preference


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

Matt Mead endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [12]

U.S. District Attorney (2001-2007)

Mead served as United States Attorney for Wyoming from October 2001 to June 2007. He resigned in order to run for U.S. Senate.[13]

On The Issues Vote Match

Matt Mead's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Mead is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Mead received a score of 29 percent on social issues and 81 percent on economic issues.[14]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[15]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[14] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2014

Mead ran for re-election to the office of Governor of Wyoming. Mead won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 19.[2] He faced one challenger, Democrat Pete Gosar, in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Wyoming Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Mead 54.8% 53,673
Taylor Haynes 32.2% 31,532
Cindy Hill 12.7% 12,464
Write-in votes 0.2% 215
Total Votes 97,884
Election Results via Wyoming Secretary of State.
General election
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.


See also: Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Wyoming Governor Elect Matt Mead Makes his Victory Speech

Mead won the August 17 primary with 28.60 percent of the vote, defeating six other candidates.

He defeated Leslie Petersen (D) and Mike Wheeler (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[16]

Governor of Wyoming, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Mead 65.7% 123,780
     Democratic Leslie Petersen 22.9% 43,240
     Libertarian Mike Wheeler 2.8% 5,362
     Write-Ins Various 8.5% 16,081
Total Votes 188,463
Election Results via Wyoming Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Mead is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Mead raised a total of $1,814,718 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 6, 2013.[17]

Matt Mead's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Wyoming Not up for election $5,250
2010 Governor of Wyoming Won $1,809,468
Grand Total Raised $1,814,718


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Matt Mead's donors each year.[18] Click [show] for more information.

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  1. Wyoming Secretary of State, "Wyoming General Election – November 2, 2010," accessed April 27, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mead for Governor, "Governor Matt Mead Announces 2014 Election Campaign," March 11, 2014
  3. Casper Star Tribune, "Mead wins Wyoming governor race," November 3, 2010
  4. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  5. Project Vote Smart biography of Matt Mead
  6. Wyoming Secretary of State Website, "Statewide Candidates Official Summary," accessed January 7, 2012
  7. The Washington Post, "Three Republican governors have now endorsed the Medicaid expansion since the midterms," December 15, 2014
  8. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  9. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  10. "Governor-Elect Mead’s Reaction to Healthcare Ruling," Wyoming Reporter, December 14, 2010
  11. "Wyoming’s electronic health record plan moves forward," Cowboy State Free Press, April 1, 2011
  12. CNN, "Pennsylvania, Wyoming governors endorse Romney," April 17, 2012
  13. Office of Governor Matt Mead, "About Governor Mead," accessed April 27, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 On The Issues, "Matt Mead Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  15. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  16. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named govelect
  17. Follow the Money, "Career Fundraising for Matt Mead," accessed May 6, 2013
  18. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Freudenthal (D)
Governor of Wyoming
2011 - present
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