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
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Wyoming Constitution, Article 4, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Matt Mead
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 3, 2011
Compensation:  $105,000
Elections
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.

Authority

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...

Qualifications

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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.

Elections

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]

Partisan composition

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

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Vacancies

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.

Duties

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)

Divisions

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State budget

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

Compensation

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.

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).[3]

Contact information

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

Phone:307.777.7434
Fax:307.632.3909

History

Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Wyoming
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 have 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

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