Governor of Wyoming

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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.jpg
Name:  Matt Mead
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 3, 2011
Compensation:  $105,000
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Wyoming Executive Offices
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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 2013, Wyoming is one of 24 Republican state government trifectas.

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.


Wyoming elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Wyoming, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 3, 2011 and January 5, 2015 are inaugural days.

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]


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)

State budget

The budget for the Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is $35,761,497.[2]


See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries

The governor's salary is set by law and may not be raised or diminished effective during the current term.

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

Contact information

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


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