Peter Michael

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Peter Michael
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Attorney General of Wyoming
In office
July 22, 2013 - present
Years in position 2
PredecessorGregory Alan Phillips (D)
Base salary$147,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedJuly 22, 2013
Appointed byGovernor Matt Mead (R)
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Chief Deputy Attorney General of Wyoming
Bachelor'sYale University, American History (1978)
J.D.University of Wyoming (1985)
Place of birthMedia, Pennsylvania
Office website
Peter Michael (born in Media, Pennsylvania) is the current Attorney General of Wyoming. Governor Matt Mead named Michael to the interim position on July 22, 2013. The post was vacant after former Democratic attorney general Gregory Alan Phillips moved to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.[1] Governor Mead officially appointed Michael to the attorney general position on September 5, 2013.[2] Michael also serves on the Character and Fitness Committee of the Wyoming State Bar Board of Law Examiners.


After graduating from Yale in 1978, Michael moved to Wyoming to begin construction work at Darwin Ranch. He has also been a hotel cook, professional flytier, and guided fly fisherman. Michael entered law school at the University of Wyoming in 1982 and was editor of the Land and Water Law Review. He graduated with honors in 1985.

Peter Michael clerked for Justice G Joseph Cardine at the Wyoming Supreme Court before entering a private law practice at Lathrop & Uchner. Michael worked in private law until 2006 when he joined the attorney general's office.[3]


  • Bachelor's degree, Yale University, American History (1978)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Wyoming Law School (1985)

Political career

Wyoming Attorney General (September 2013 - Present)

Governor Matt Mead officially named Michael to the position on September 5, 2013 after he had been serving as interim attorney general since July 22, 2013. Mead said in a speech at the announcement that “Pete is an outstanding attorney, an outstanding individual and it has been a pleasure to work with him over the last two and a half years. I am pleased to have him as Wyoming’s next Attorney General.”[2]

Wyoming Interim Attorney General (July 2013 - September 2013)

Governor Matt Mead named Michael to the position on July 22, 2013.[1] Michael had been originally been appointed to serve as chief deputy attorney general under predecessor Gregory Alan Phillips, who left office in order to become a circuit court judge for the United States Court of Appeals on July 8, 2013.[4][5]

Notable Cases

Michael represented Wyoming in the United States Supreme Court in the case of Montana v. Wyoming filed in 2007.[3]

Elections & Appointments

Michael was appointed to serve as interim Attorney General of Wyoming by Governor Matt Mead on July 22, 2013, and as official Attorney General on September 5, 2013 to fill the seat left vacant by former officeholder Gregory Alan Phillips (D). Before stepping down, Phillips had appointed Michael as chief deputy attorney general.[6]

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.[7]


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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2013[7]
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[8][9]
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: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[10][11]

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Michael lives with his wife of 26 years, Lucinda Schmid, in a century old house near the state capitol. He has two sons, Philip and Kenneth. Michael enjoys gardening and working on his house, including installing a solar powered system to provide hot water and electricity.[3]

Contact Information

Capitol Address:
123 State Capitol
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002


Phone: (307) 777-7841

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gregory Alan Phillips (D)
Wyoming Attorney General
2013 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wyoming House of Representatives District 15
1992 – 1998
Succeeded by