Cindy Hill (Wyoming)

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Cindy Hill
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Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorJim McBride (R)
Base salary$92,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$257,712
Term limitsNone
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wyoming
Master'sUniversity of Michigan
Cindy Hill is the current Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction. She was first elected in 2010.[1]

Hill ran for Governor of Wyoming in 2014. Her announcement came soon after many of her duties as Superintendent were temporarily transferred to a newly created position.[2][3]


Hill has over 20 years of professional experience in education related fields. During this time, she taught in the classroom and then served as a junior high school principal.[4]


  • Bachelor's degree, University of Wyoming
  • Master's degree, University of Michigan[4]

Political Career

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction (2011-Present)

Hill has served in this position since her election in 2010.[5]

Duties changed by legislature

On January 25, 2013, the Wyoming State Legislature passed a bill stripping the superintendent of most administrative duties. Gov. Matt Mead (R) signed it into law on January 29. The superintendent was removed as head of the Department of Education and replaced by Jim Rose, an interim director appointed by the governor. Under the bill, the position of superintendent would remain but be separate from the Department of Education.[6]

After he had finished signing the bill, Superintendent Hill served Governor Mead with a lawsuit arguing the move was unconstitutional as it violated the consent of the people and nullified their vote.[7] The state Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in the case on August 20, 2013.[8]

Hill's lawsuit was ultimately successful and, in April 2014, the law was found to be unconstitutional. Hill's old office and duties were restored to her as they had been prior to the law's passage.[3]

Special investigation

On July 12, 2013, the Management Council of the Wyoming State Legislature voted to create a special investigative committee to determine whether or not Hill managed the state Education Department correctly prior to the legislature removing her as the department's head. The investigation stemmed from a report that alleged Hill's possible misuse of the state airplane, improper spending of federal funds and complaints of a hostile work environment.[9]

The House Rules Committee will serve as the special committee. Hill objected to this move as all 13 members of the committee voted in favor of Senate File 104, the legislation that stripped the superintendent of her main duties. The committee started its investigation on August 7, 2013.[10][11]

In July 2014, the legislature reported back on this investigation.[12] The report rebuked Hill for "misconduct in office" and recommended several steps to increase accountability in state government departments, such as the Department of Education, but did not call for Hill's impeachment.[12] Hill responded by saying "A 'rebuke' means that they are conceding that I did nothing wrong," and accusing the investigating committee of political motives.[12]



See also: Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2014

On January 29, 2013, Hill announced that she was running for Governor of Wyoming in 2014. Hill, a Republican, was prompted to enter the race after incumbent Matt Mead (R) signed a bill relegating the elected office of Wyoming Superintendent of Education to a ceremonial position, reassigning leadership over the State Department of Education to the newly created position of director of education, who would be appointed by the governor. Hill filed a lawsuit against the state challenging the constitutionality of the law.[13] She said her decision to run for governor was driven by the swell of public support she received in response to the lawsuit.[14] Hill ultimately succeeded in having the law overturned and regained the original powers of the Superintendent, however she did not win the Republican nomination in the primary on August 19.

Primary results

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.


Hill won election to this position on November 2, 2010. She defeated Mike Massie (D) in the general election[5]

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCindy Hill 59.2% 113,026
     Democratic Mike Massie 37.6% 71,772
     - Write-Ins 0.1% 250
     - Over Votes 0% 66
     - Under Votes 3% 5,708
Total Votes 190,822
Election Results via Wyoming Secretary of State

Campaign contributions

Comprehensive donor information for Hill is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Hill raised a total of $257,712 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 6, 2013.[15]

Cindy Hill (Wyoming)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 WY Superintendent of Public Instruction Not up for election $5,216
2010 WY Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $244,648
2000 WY House of Representatives Defeated $7,848
Grand Total Raised $257,712


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Hill lives with her husband Drake in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Together they have one son.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim McBride (R)
Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction
Succeeded by