|Governor of Wyoming|
|January 3, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Dave Freudenthal (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Term limits||8 years in a 16 year period|
|United States Attorney, State of Wyoming|
|Bachelor's||Trinity University (1984)|
|J.D.||University of Wyoming College of Law (1987)|
|Birthday||March 11, 1962|
|Place of birth||Jackson, Wyoming|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political Career
- 3 On The Issues Vote Match
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Mead stepped down from his post as U.S. Attorney in 2007 to run for the U.S. Senate, which went to John Barrasso (R). Mead was elected in 2010 on a conservative platform emphasizing gun rights and a number of social issues, including being opposed to gay marriage and abortion and promising to join the lawsuit against the federal Affordable Care Act.
An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Mead as the 11th most conservative governor in the country.
Mead is a rancher in Albany/Goshen County. He previously served as United States Attorney for the State of Wyoming from 2001-2007, was Partner in a Private Law Practice from 1995-2001, and has been a Prosecutor in Campbell County, Special Assistant to the Attorney General in the State of Wyoming and an Assistant United States Attorney.
He and his wife, Carol L. Mead, nee Mintzer, have two children.
- J.D., University of Wyoming College of Law, 1987
- Bachelor's, Trinity University, San Antonio, 1984
Governor of Wyoming (2011-Present)
Republican governors support for Medicaid expansion
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced support for a federal proposal to expand Medicaid following the Republican Party's strong showing in the 2014 elections. All three governors sought to receive additional Medicaid funding proposed by President Barack Obama (D) while crafting state-level alternatives to requirements in the Affordable Care Act. For example, Haslam's proposal would create a two-year program to provide insurance vouchers and a health reimbursement system for low-income residents. Haslam, Herbert and Mead joined nine other Republican governors in seeking Medicaid expansion as of December 22, 2014.
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Mead was ranked number 45. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As governor, Mead is responsible for appointing judges to Wyoming state courts. In Wyoming, the governor makes appointments following recommendations by the Wyoming Judicial Nominating Commission. For an up-to-date list of all of Mead's appointees, see Judgepedia's page on his appointments.
“Congress has limits on its authority,” said the Governor-Elect, reaffirming that his attorney general would immediately seek to join the Florida lawsuit in which 20 states were involved challenging the Congress’s power. He cautioned, however, that the ruling “is not the final step” in the process, and that the issue would likely be resolved by the Supreme Court. He said that he hoped for a quick decision so that states could plan as they go forward.
Healthcare information technology
The federal government approved Wyoming’s electronic exchange of health information plan in April 2011. This sign-off released about $4.3 million over four years to support the exchange of electronic health information between health-care providers across Wyoming.
“Technology and broadband connectivity are great equalizers in a rural state like Wyoming,” Gov. Mead said in a press release. “They create efficiencies that will save money, provide better health care and in this case also assure patient safety.”
U.S. District Attorney (2001-2007)
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Mead is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Mead received a score of 29 percent on social issues and 81 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Unknown||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Strongly Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Favors|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Favors||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Unknown||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Opposes||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Strongly Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Opposes|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Opposes|
|Note: Information last updated: June 18, 2014.|
- See also: Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2014
Mead ran for re-election to the office of Governor of Wyoming. Mead won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 19. He faced one challenger, Democrat Pete Gosar, in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|Wyoming Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014|
|Election Results Via:Wyoming Secretary of State.|
|Governor of Wyoming, 2014|
|Republican||Matt Mead Incumbent||59.4%||99,700|
|Election Results via Wyoming Secretary of State.|
Wyoming Governor Elect Matt Mead Makes his Victory Speech
Mead won the August 17 primary with 28.60 percent of the vote, defeating six other candidates.
|Governor of Wyoming, 2010|
|Election Results Via: Wyoming Secretary of State|
Comprehensive donor information for Mead is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Mead raised a total of $1,814,718 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 6, 2013.
|Matt Mead's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Governor of Wyoming||$5,250|
|2010||Governor of Wyoming||$1,809,468|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,814,718|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Matt Mead's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Matt Mead's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Wyoming
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent|
|Top 5 contributors||Matthew Mead||$1,220,000|
|Conpac Contractors PAC||$13,250|
|Free & Strong America PAC||$10,000|
|Union Pacific Railroad||$5,000|
|Arch Coal Inc||$5,000|
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- Wyoming Secretary of State, "Wyoming General Election – November 2, 2010," accessed April 27, 2013
- Mead for Governor, "Governor Matt Mead Announces 2014 Election Campaign," March 11, 2014
- Casper Star Tribune, "Mead wins Wyoming governor race," November 3, 2010
- New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart biography of Matt Mead
- Wyoming Secretary of State Website, "Statewide Candidates Official Summary," accessed January 7, 2012
- The Washington Post, "Three Republican governors have now endorsed the Medicaid expansion since the midterms," December 15, 2014
- The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
- The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
- "Governor-Elect Mead’s Reaction to Healthcare Ruling," Wyoming Reporter, December 14, 2010
- "Wyoming’s electronic health record plan moves forward," Cowboy State Free Press, April 1, 2011
- CNN, "Pennsylvania, Wyoming governors endorse Romney," April 17, 2012
- Office of Governor Matt Mead, "About Governor Mead," accessed April 27, 2013
- On The Issues, "Matt Mead Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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- Follow the Money, "Career Fundraising for Matt Mead," accessed May 6, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
Dave Freudenthal (D)
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