Governor of Wyoming
|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|
|Assumed office:||January 3, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
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- 1 Current officer
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Vacancies
- 5 Duties
- 6 Divisions
- 7 Elections
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 History
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
As of March 2014, Wyoming is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.
Under Article 4, Section I:
The executive power shall be vested in a governor...
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|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
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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.
- 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)
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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.
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
Wyoming governors are restricted to 8 years in office during any 16 year period.
|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.
The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Wyoming from 1992-2013.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Governor of Wyoming, Click [show] to expand the section.
The budget for the Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is $35,761,497.
The governor's salary is set by law and may not be raised or diminished effective during the current term.
In 2013, the governor's salary remained at $105,000.
In 2010, the Governor of Wyoming was paid $105,000 a year, the 40th highest gubernatorial salary in America.
There have been 32 governors of Wyoming since 1890. Of the 32 officeholders, 21 were Republican, 10 were Democrats, and 1 was Democratic (Fusion).
|List of Former Officeholders from 1890-Present|
|1||Francis E. Warren||1890 - 1890||Republican|
|2||Amos Walker Barber||1890 - 1893||Republican|
|3||John Eugene Osborne||1893 - 1895||Democratic|
|4||William Alford Richards||1895 - 1899||Republican|
|5||De Forest Richards||1899 - 1903||Republican|
|6||Fenimore Chatterton||1903 - 1905||Republican|
|7||Bryant B. Brooks||1905 - 1911||Republican|
|8||Joseph Maull Carey||1911 - 1915||Democratic|
|9||John Benjamin Kendrick||1915 - 1917||Democratic|
|10||Frank L. Houx||1917 - 1919||Republican|
|11||Robert Davis Carey||1919 - 1923||Democratic|
|12||William Bradford Ross||1923 - 1924||Republican|
|13||Franklin Earl Lucas||1924 - 1925||Republican|
|14||Nellie Tayloe Ross||1925 - 1927||Democratic|
|15||Frank Collins Emerson||1927 - 1931||Democratic|
|16||Alonzo M. Clark||1931 - 1933||Republican|
|17||Leslie A. Miller||1933 - 1939||Republican|
|18||Nels H. Smith||1939 - 1943||Republican|
|19||Lester Calloway Hunt||1943 - 1949||Republican|
|20||Arthur Griswold Crane||1949 - 1951||Republican|
|21||Frank A. Barrett||1951 - 1953||Republican|
|22||Clifford Joy Rogers||1953 - 1955||Democratic (Fusionist)|
|23||Milward L. Simpson||1955 - 1959||Republican|
|24||John Joseph Hickey||1959 - 1961||Republican|
|25||Jack Robert Gage||1961 - 1963||Republican|
|26||Clifford P. Hansen||1963 - 1967||Republican|
|27||Stanley K. Hathaway||1967 - 1975||Democratic|
|28||Edward Herschler||1975 - 1987||Democratic|
|29||Michael J. Sullivan||1987 - 1995||Democratic|
|30||Jim Geringer||1995 - 2003||Republican|
|31||Dave Freudenthal||2003 - 2011||Democratic|
|32||Matt Mead||2011 - present||Republican|
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Partisan balance 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.
SQLI and partisanship
The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Wyoming state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. Though Wyoming had a number of Republican trifectas during the course of the study, both its highest and lowest rankings occurred during divided governments. In 2007 it finished 24th, and in 2010 it finished 4th, marking a large shift in a short amount of time.
- Governor: Matt Mead (R)
- Attorney General: Peter Michael (R)
- Auditor of State: Cynthia Cloud (R)
- Secretary of State: Max Maxfield (R)
- Director of Agriculture: Jason Fearneyhough
- Treasurer of State: Mark Gordon (R)
- The Washington Post, "Will Wyoming's Governor Buck Term Limits?," February 16, 2009
- Wyoming Department of Administration and Information, "Department Budget Summary Office of the Governor 2013-2014," Accessed April 2, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries," June 25, 2013
- National Governors Association, " Former governors of Wyoming," accessed June 12, 2013
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