Wyoming State Government

Wyoming State Government logoWyoming State Government consists of three branches: the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

Wyoming Governor - Matt MeadThe executive branch is headed by the governor and includes a secretary of state, auditor, treasurer and superintendent of public instruction. Wyoming does not have a lieutenant governor. Instead the secretary of state stands first in the line of succession. The current Governor of Wyoming is Matt Mead (pictured right), Republican, serving his second four-year term in office.  

The Wyoming state legislature comprises a House of Representatives with 60 members and a Senate with 30 members. The state legislature meets annually, for one or two months starting in January. See below for more information about the structure of the state legislature and its current activity (if in session).

Wyoming’s highest court is the Supreme Court of Wyoming, with five justices presiding over appeals from the state’s lower courts. Wyoming is unusual in that it does not have an intermediate appellate court, like most states. This is largely attributable to the state’s size and correspondingly lower caseload. Appeals from the state district courts go directly to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Wyoming also has state circuit courts (formerly county courts), of limited jurisdiction, which handle certain types of cases, such as civil claims with lower dollar amounts, misdemeanor criminal offenses, and felony arraignments.

 

Wyoming State Legislature logoAbout the Wyoming State Legislature 

Structure of the Legislature

The Wyoming Legislature is a 90-member citizen legislature, meaning the members elected serve part-time and this is typically not the members’ primary occupation. Wyoming remains one of the few states that have a true part-time citizen legislature.

There are 30 legislators elected to the Wyoming Senate, each elected to serve four-year terms. There are 60 legislators elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives, each elected to serve two-year terms. Click here for a current list of Wyoming’s state legislators. The current Senate has 26 Republicans and 4 Democrats. The current House has 52 Republicans and 8 Democrats,

The Legislature employs a small number of non-partisan staff to provide administrative and professional services for the state’s legislative branch of government. Some of these staff work year round for the Wyoming Legislative Service Office (LSO) and others work part-time during the session for the Wyoming Senate and the Wyoming House of Representatives. Legislators themselves do not have personal staff or caucus staff.

A great deal of the Legislature’s work is accomplished through the efforts of legislative committees. There are 12 permanent parallel committees in the Wyoming Senate and Wyoming House of Representatives – Agriculture, Public Lands and Water Resources; Appropriations; Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions; Education; Journal; Rules and Procedures; Judiciary; Labor, Health and Social Services; Minerals, Business and Economic Development; Revenue; Rules and Procedures; Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs; and Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources. These committees are known as “standing” committees; most legislators serve on several of these committees.

These committees do most of their work during the time the full legislature is not in session. Click here for summaries of each committee’s interim activities in 2013.

Participating in the Legislative Process

Sheridan County’s local representatives want your input, year round. Our representatives (click on the name for full contact information):

   Sen. Bruce Burns, Senate District 21, bruce.burns@wyoleg.gov
   Sen. Dave Kinskey, Senate District 22, dave.kinskey@wyoleg.gov

   Rep. Mark Kinner, House District 29, mark.kinner@wyoleg.gov
   Rep. Mark Jennings, House District 30, mark.jennings@wyoleg.gov
   Rep. Rosie Berger, House District 51, House  Speaker Pro Tempore, rosie.berger@wyoleg.gov
   Rep. Mike Madden, House District 40, mike.madden@wyoleg.gov  

Click here for a full list of the current representatives to the Wyoming State Legislature. You can write, email, or call any of the state legislators at any time, with email being the recommended approach while the legislature is in session.

While the legislative is in session, you can also use the new Online Hotline or Telephone Hotline to send a quick, short comment to all of the state legislators. Click here for the fast and easy process. 

You can also attend legislative meetings to voice your opinions. Click here for guidelines on attending the meetings. 

Be heard!   

Sheridan County Chamber’s Legislative Forum

Each year, before the start of the new year’s state legislature, the Sheridan County Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee holds a two-day Legislative Forum where local businesses, organizations, and individuals affected by state legislative decisions in funding and regulation can present updates and current issues before a panel of our own local representatives to the state legislature. This is a highly valued service for all parties concerned, to help ensure that our representatives are well positioned to represent local concerns in the state arena.

Information shared at the annual forum is also shared publicly for the entire Sheridan County audience, both by reporting from local media and by a video re-broadcast of the entire forum proceedings.

General Resources

Six Ways to Participate in the Legislative Process

Glossary of Word and Terms Used in the Legislative Process

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