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Matt Mead
Matt Mead.jpg
32nd Governor of Wyoming
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byDave Freudenthal
Succeeded byMark Gordon
United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming
In office
October 12, 2001 – June 7, 2007
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byDave Freudenthal
Succeeded byKelly Rankin
Personal details
Matthew Hansen Mead

(1962-03-11) March 11, 1962 (age 57)
Jackson, Wyoming, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Carol Mead
EducationTrinity University, Texas (BA)
University of Wyoming (JD)

Matthew Hansen Mead (born March 11, 1962) is an American federal prosecutor, businessman, and politician who served as the 32nd Governor of Wyoming from 2011 to 2019 as a Republican.

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Your support helps us bring you programs you love. Go to click on support and become a sustaining member or an annual member it's easy and secure, thank you - [Narrator] In his last appearance on Wyoming PBS as Governor we will say a fond farewell to Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. We will reflect with the Governor on his past two terms as Wyomings chief executive what went well and what were some of the tough times and we will ask how he and his family have changed over eight years in the Governors residence. Governor Matt Mead: A reflection next on Capitol Outlook - [Second Narrator] This program is supported in part by a grant from the BNSF railway foundation dedicated to improving the general welfare and quality of life in communities throughout the BNSF railway service area proud to support Wyoming PBS - [Female Narrator] And in part by the Wyoming public television endowment and viewers like you - Welcome to this special Capitol Outlook I am Craig Blumenshine from Wyoming PBS and it is our pleasure and our privilege to be joined by Governor Matt Mead, Governor welcome - Thank you Craig it is good to see you again - The days of your being chief executive are waning and we are shooting this right before Christmas of course is this a bittersweet time for you? - Well it is, Carol and I have had time to reflect and we think about what a privilege it has been to be in this job for eight years, the people we have gotten to meet, the great staff hopefully things we have accomplished but we also are looking forward to the next chapter I mean it is a busy job you are always busy and we have a ranching interest in Albany county and we are looking forward to spending time out there but it will be just one of the greatest things I will ever get to do in my life is to serve the state in this way So it is, there is a bittersweet part of it but eight years is good we are good - There are some issues Governor you wish you maybe had a little more time with instead of being maybe fourth down instead of just third down - Yeah well there is a couple, one is I wish we would have gotten started on DOW earlier and I don't have a reason why that was - [Craig] And this was your program to diversify the economy - The program to diversify the economy I wish we would have got that started. Just in the short time it has been going on I have seen the progress I have seen the hope and I am really encouraged by that the other area where I just, and we started early on this and we worked that I just don't think we moved the needle like I would have liked to is on healthcare you know it's a challenge in rural states in particular it's a challenge in Wyoming these high healthcare costs we have and I think as we diversify the economy if you don't take care of healthcare it is going to be problematic so I think that's been a challenge and we have obviously as you know tried a thing or two and it didn't work out but I am worried about healthcare for Wyoming. - What are you thinking Governor, as you plan to move forward how have those conversations went with you and your family? Do you have opportunities to go back to the ranch how have the discussions went can you let us in - Well yeah I mean there is sort of the professional side you know what did we accomplish and what do we wish we would have accomplished on the job and the sub set of matters and there is the private side you know you saw our kids when we first came in office they were little kids and now they are both at the University of Wyoming and as the nature of this job you miss some stuff as a parent and there is no catching up you don't go back and do it again and so that is the other thing as we reflect have we missed some stuff with our kids we will regret that but we also know our kids have gotten, they can go in any room they are good hand shakers, better than I am and we are proud of them and the way that they have handled this so we think that all in all it has been a good experience for them - What are they telling you about heading back to the ranch - Well they probably the last couple of years they are ready for me to have more time to do some stuff with them and they love being at the ranch and they love not having every weekend sort of a half a weekend or quarter of a weekend and so they are I think they are looking forward to it and as I told them we are going to be close by the University so we will come and stay the night at your dorm. - They will love that, you bet - Right so it's good I think we are at a good place as a family now moving on and but I know not only Carol and I but the kids well have had some amazing experiences they would not have otherwise had and we are very grateful for that - I know that in recent Gubernatorial campaign and in many campaigns candidates often say it changes them a little bit, in reflection Governor how have you changed in the last eight years? - You know I think I have changed of course you hopefully get better at the job every year with experience but I think I changed also as a person I think I came into this job that my profession was largely as a prosecutor which was there's this and there is that. I think this experience has broadened me and that I am I think that I am more open to hearing diverse ideas and I think that is one of the things you have to do in this job is you got to be willing to hear from people you completely disagree with I think you have to be willing to read in the newspaper a direct criticism of you and not just say oh that person is wrong because they are criticizing but say you know what do I learn from that, is there something in there that I should learn from that. I think that is just a process that has happened for me during my eight years and I think that has been helpful to be able to hear criticism and not dismiss it because it's critical and be open to ideas that are completely foreign to your own. - You haven't been unwilling to change your opinion - I have been able to change my opinion and of course we know sometimes in this world sometimes, anytime you change your mind that's criticism but I think that's part of this job is being practical and responding to the circumstances and trying to find the best way forward and it may not be your perfect choice but you have to keep your eye on the ball which is what is in the best interest of the people in Wyoming. - Governor I have a list of topics I want to ask you how your thinking has evolved and how your thoughts have changed and maybe whether they have changed and the top of every ones list is medicaid expansion originally it's something that you didn't think was a great idea for Wyoming but your thoughts on that certainly have changed - Yeah you know as we have done this when I was campaigning in 2010 I put together a list of heres issues I want to address and here is issues I think we are headed in the right way or maybe in the wrong direction and one of those was the ACA Obamacare and I said in my paper when I was campaigning I think this is wrong and I don't think it passes legal mustard and so I think it was the first lawsuit out of the box. We sued on that and we lost and after losing I mean I thought well what is the, we lost that is the law of the land now how do we make the best out of it for Wyoming and that's when I started asking legislature to consider expanding medicaid and I think it has become even more prevalent as we look at the money that state has said we don't want as we look at the people who are not getting healthcare in an appropriate way instead using for example the emergency room and so I lost two years on that and that's where we are now and I think it is unfortunate because where I started was I didn't like the law I didn't think it was going to pass legal muster we were one of the states that sued and we lost and so I thought it was in the best interest of Wyoming to make good on what the law was particularly for those who are struggling to get healthcare - And you mentioned just a moment ago how serious of an issue healthcare is in this state - It is - [Craig] What do you see in the next few years - I think there is going to be some incremental improvements I think we have expanded broadband in this state exponentially in eight years which was one of my priorities and I think with the advancement of telemedicine and telehealth I think there is opportunities to improve access but I also know that we are going to face challenges outside of cost which is we have this bleed over effect into the surrounding states that have larger medical facilities and we travel to those to get healthcare and the more we do that there will be a tipping point where you want to go get primary care, see an ob-gyn, back surgery those people are not going to be here so it's going to be a challenge for the next administration and probably for the next few administrations but I think that if we have an opportunity in the state to again look at expansion it is still the law I think that would be helpful to the state, I understand that may not happen but we have to recognize that healthcare isn't just a healthcare issue it's an economic issue it's a quality of life issue and we tout our quality of life in Wyoming and I think we should but healthcare is a big part of it that we need to address - To stay on the topic just briefly for a long time as you know I lived in Riverton I have watched now the last year the community perceive that it's lost healthcare essentially from the services available from it's hospital and now make the decision to build it's own hospital I ask the question, or to at least begin the process of seeing whether they can build their own hospital and I ask that question because do you worry that a lot of services in Wyoming are going to become centered in two or three of the more population centered areas - Well I think that's partly the trend because economy is a scale right? If you have some economy as a scale you can save money and you can recruit Doctors and Nurses and I think that is naturally going to be the trend but for rural Wyoming you know if you don't have healthcare in some of our small communities those communities are going to struggle to survive because our kids are going to get broken arms our spouses are going to have issues to say that to live in Wyoming you got to load up and drive 100 or 150 miles to tend to those things To me that's just not good for Wyoming - The endow group Governor posted a few months ago posted and I asked the incoming Governor this question as well that it sees maybe by 2038 two Wyoming communities with a population of 100,000 is that what you see - I think that is inevitable I do I think Cheyenne has got almost this tipping point that is outside dependence on minerals, I mean minerals are a part of it but we are also seeing influx from Colorado the front range is going to continue to grow I think Casper will continue to grow So that wouldn't surprise me at all if we see two communities in excess of 100,000 probably even before then and my idea on DOW isn't to grow population it's to grow opportunities because as we talk about expanding our economic opportunities in the state of Wyoming I still get pushed back well, that's good but we don't want to become Denver or we don't want to become Salt Lake or Billings and I get that - Or I think we have talked about before and I am curious of if you have heard this more and more we don't want to change at all and we like it this way - Well I have heard that and it's, I am making up a story here but you will hear from the same person I don't want any change but my granddaughter can't find a job and so I think that you as Wyoming has a unique ability to do because of our small nature I think we can grow and change in a way that still suits us and still we have what we value in Wyoming the opportunities and recreation and open space and hunting and clean air and clean water I don't think you know if population was just the answer California would never be in a recession right So it's not a population goal it's an opportunity goal so we are not forcing kids to stay here but if they choose to stay here they can have a meaningful career for themselves and their families - As we speak your supplemental budget is being posted online literally its becoming available one of the things that you talk about is the need to find stable funding for education in Wyoming - Yeah - How has your thinking about education funding evolved - So as we look at the budget, I don't what amount you have seen but we are heading into this in a pretty good shape on the Government operation side I want to point out that the this budget that we are submitting combined with the budget last year is smaller than it was my first year in office we have fewer people our savings has grown both permanent savings and our rainy day funds almost doubled in size so government operation and we are going to leave about 300 million dollars - And we have reduced rules and executive orders I think we have created efficiencies there, the challenge is clearly on the education side and depending on who you talk to numbers differ between 300 to 500 million dollars deficiency every year and so as you may know in my budget I have recommended as has joint appropriations and joint education that ECA for our teachers - [Craig] Which is an external cost adjustment - External cost adjustment thank you I have been in government too long I am used to ECA but we have to find a solution for education funding and it cannot be just keep taking from the government side because nursing homes, elderly prisons that cannot be the answer and so that's where you get into where are we going to find the additional revenue, I think diversifying our economy is going to help but that doesn't pay the bills next year that is a longer term vision - And you and I have talked about necessarily more jobs outside of the energy sector may be actually problematic for a longer term tax structure that supports education - Yeah I think its the simple formula is the more people you bring the more cost it is to the people of Wyoming and so you have to figure out the tax base I think that is true I think we have to have a tax structure which would bring in businesses outside of energy we have to have a tax structure that helps pay for our schools helps pay for our education otherwise we are just continuing to rely too heavily in my mind on the mineral industry and I think also what is happening the good news on revenue and people are like well we have dodged a bullet but I would say we have not dodged a bullet because we are facing this deficit in education and as good as the revenue picture looks from the October revenue estimating group you know it's still 56% percent less than our all time revenue high - I saw that statistic this morning - We are better but cautiously better and we have a long way to go to get out of what was one of the worst economic setbacks this state has ever had - You came in literally with no experience in working with a legislature - Right, well I want to correct you I interned when I was in high school - Okay there you go so you were on the floor even, probably - I was on the floor a limited time to pick up a note or two - But you have changed in how you have worked with the legislature over your eight years give us some insight into Matt Mead in 2011 and Matt Mead today in relationship with the Wyoming legislature - I think it's you know that one is I came in, this hasn't changed I came in with a respect for the legislature recognizing is men and women who are really are there to serve you are going to have people that you completely disagree with and people that you agree with more often than not and what I think I got better at over the years is recognizing you know I would think hey this is a great idea and it got shot down, or this is a great idea and by the time it comes out it looks completely different and that was a source of frustration for me but what I think I got better at and I think the legislature got more comfortable with me is lets talk about this and the more you can talk about it with the door closed and figure out what their point of view I think the better you can get and the legislature always changes because it is a citizen legislature and so they have to know how the Governor works and you know how he or she is making decisions and the same for the Governor but you have different people in different seats and you need to have an opportunity to learn about them - Our nation right now is mourning the death of President George H.W. Bush Bush 41, you have met him - I have I have met him a couple of times and of course George W. Bush his son appointed me US Attorney but I have nothing but great admiration for him, the first time I saw him I was in college in Texas and he gave a speech - This was when you were working the overnight shift being a D.J. we can get to that in a minute if you like - As you know I was a terrible D.J. but I saw him he was at an event at the University of Wyoming with Dick Cheney and I was US Attorney at the time And I was standing sort of in this little almost an alley underneath the stadium and I was standing back there with some sheriffs deputies and we were actually standing around a dumpster and just I was waiting to go in a different way to be one of many to see the President Bush there the secret service drove him down the alley in the black suburbans and as soon as he got out they grabbed him to usher him in and he looked out the side of his eye and he saw the deputies over there and he made a point of leaving where he was being told to go and come shake those deputies hands there was no cameras just the deputies there and it just struck me I think that is indicative of the type of guy he was a true American and cared about those people in a way that wasn't for publicity wasn't for politics he genuinely cared for people and so I just have nothing but admiration for him - Being remembered as someone who really believed in civility, Governor I think you can be put in that category why has that been so important to you? - Well thank you I hope that is true, Wyoming is a small state and I learned from my parents and grandparents you just don't get that far when you are taking shots at people and it's just not the way to get things done and particularly in Wyoming I will be on the other side of an issue on day one and on day two we may be partners on addressing an issue and I think it is more important than ever now because our system of Government requires people to step up we want women and men to step up into office and if it looks like to do so is just going to be if you are just going to be vilified by everybody and your family is just going to be under attack who is going to to think about wanting to get into politics in some form because without great people stepping up our system is going to fail - You said something in the past that you are in politics but you don't really consider yourself a politician is that true and are you a little more comfortable in that role now for sure - I am not a good politician in this I mean I meet people who live and breathe polls and watch every race and I don't do that and to me it's just issue oriented I mean here is an issue and how do we work on that so we find a solution that's best for Wyoming - Governor Sullivan also talked about how this job people just don't realize it's 24/7 you have described yourself as a world class warrior I think and that your wife has recognized that has that been harder for you? - It is I just I mean I have gotten when the phone rings at an odd hour where's the fire, are we going to get bad news from over seas with one of our national guard members you know what has happened and I think that is by the nature of the job as Governor Sullivan said it it's there is always it's ongoing matters of the state are 24/7 and on any hour any minute you may get notification that something has blown up and so it does no good to worry about it but I do worry about it and I think that is the job I think that if you are not worrying about Wyoming all the time you are probably not in the right job - You paid great respect to the men and women who serve in the Wyoming National Guard you see them often and you welcome them home - It is one of the great privileges of this job beyond my expectations I mean those men and women are so amazing and I just I wish I could better articulate to the people of Wyoming what they do you know with natural disasters those send offs Craig I get emotional about it because you see these young mothers kissing their infant goodbye as they are headed to Afghanistan and you know at 4 in the morning they are saying goodbye and it just it tugs at your heartstrings and you know they raise their right hand and they volunteer for this and so the guard and the military you know that has just been a great privilege to see great Americans - You have actually visited Wyomings Guard overseas - Yeah we have been to Afghanistan and Cuba and Kosovo and Cutter and a number of different places and it's a joy because I remember serving Thanksgiving dinner in Bahrain and you know they are grateful you are there but it's really a great joy for us because you know one is they are just respected wherever they go our guard does such an amazing job so that has been I was at a Governors conference last week and I gave a few pieces of advice for incoming Governors and I said you know one thing you have to do is pay attention to the Guard and the Military and our Vets because it means a lot to them but more importantly it's just one of the great privileges of the job - What are you most proud of Governor in these last eight years - Well I think we've I have tried to be very proactive on energy and energy strategy, water and endangered species broadband connectivity, the integrated test center I have tried to address issues that are not I guess normally addressed by some is you know suicide, homeless issues but I am proud that I have tried to work hard every day and keep Wyoming at the forefront I have tried not to be you know as I said in my first inaugural I am not a Governor for Republicans or a Governor for Democrats I am a Governor for everybody in the state of Wyoming and my door has been open to all parties and I have learned a lot from those people that have come in and I have been willing to work with people that I agree with and disagree with and then on the personal front I am happily married and I have wonderful kids - Governor this is airing just a few days before Christmas what would a holiday, a Christmas message be from you to the folks here in Wyoming - Well I one is just recently we did a Hanukah ceremony at the Governors residence and regardless of religion I think I hope we all take time to recognize how blessed we are to live in Wyoming and that as we sit down let joy with our family and friends this season keep remembrance of our men and women who are overseas for those that are less fortunate than us and lets start the new year after this time of holiday celebration with hope and optimism and gladness that we live in Wyoming - What are any Mead family Christmas traditions that you can share with us - Well we do have one I am not quite sure how it got started but we have on Christmas Eve the kids and Carol and I each open one gift. Christmas Eve now is anything beyond ten o'clock in the morning its moved back over the years - Kids will do that to you, sure - And that is fun but the biggest thing I think as tradition is that the gifts and all that is great but you know it's the meal afterwards and just making sure spend that - [Craig] Who cooks? - Actually Carol does most of the cooking but she lets me do the meat which means that I get to burn something on a grill - Are you a Traeger, a Traeger guy? - I have had a Traegar I have a big stick smoker now, I have done deep fried nearly setting things on fire I have done it all but that is one of the things I enjoy and Carol was very tolerant and letting me try new things - Well Governor it has been a pleasure for us to always have an opportunity to visit with you I know I have shared this with you before I don't think that all Governors are as welcoming as you are to not just us to everyone - Well thank you Craig it has been a pleasure and I do appreciate you taking time to do this as you and I have talked in the past one of the challenges of Governor is how do you have an opportunity to talk about what you are working on and what you are thinking and this really provides a great platform and we are grateful - From all of us best wishes on your future - Thanks Craig I appreciate it very much, Thank you - [Narrator] This program is supported in part by a grant from the BNSF railway foundation dedicated to improving the general welfare and quality of life in communities throughout the BNSF railway service area Proud to support Wyoming PBS and in part by the Wyoming Public Television Endowment and viewers like you


Early life and career

Mead, the son of Peter Bradford Mead and Mary Elisabeth Hansen Mead, was born and reared in Jackson, Wyoming. Mead graduated in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in radio/television from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he was a member of the Bengal Lancer fraternity among other pursuits. He earned a J.D. degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law at Laramie. After law school, he served as a county and federal prosecutor and also practiced in a private law firm.

U.S. Attorney

In 2001, Mead was appointed United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming by President George W. Bush. He served until June 2007, when he resigned to seek the Senate seat vacated by the death of fellow Republican Craig L. Thomas.[1] His resignation was required under the Hatch Act of 1939.[2]

In accordance with Wyoming state law,[3] the Republican party selected the three candidates from which Democratic Governor Dave Freudenthal could make his selection. On the third ballot, The Republican State Central Committee, by fourteen votes, eliminated Mead from consideration. Freudenthal chose state Senator John Barrasso; the others he considered were former State Treasurer Cynthia Lummis of Cheyenne and former Republican State Chairman and lobbyist Tom Sansonetti, who had been an aide to Thomas.[4]


2010 election

Mead visiting Guantanamo Bay
Mead visiting Guantanamo Bay

In 2010, Mead won the Republican gubernatorial primary with 30,272 votes, defeating State Auditor Rita Meyer, who polled 29,558 votes, despite Meyer's endorsement by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.[5] Fort Bridger rancher Ron Micheli finished third, with 27,592 votes; State House Speaker Colin M. Simpson finished fourth with 16,673 votes.[6]

With Freudenthal not running for a third term, because of term limits,[7] Mead was a heavy favorite in the general election; Wyoming is heavily Republican.

Mead's campaign emphasized his support for gun rights. He opposed gay marriage and abortion, but stated that there should be exceptions to allow an abortion when the woman's health or life is at stake and in cases of rape and incest. On November 2, 2010, Mead easily defeated Leslie Petersen, the former chairwoman of the Wyoming Democratic Party, receiving 72% of the vote to Petersen's 25%.[8]

2014 election

In late January 2013, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill, a Republican, announced that she would be a candidate in Wyoming's 2014 governor's race. A Tea Party favorite, Hill would face Mead in the Republican primary on August 19, 2014.[9] Earlier in January, Mead had signed legislation sharply reducing the responsibilities of Hill's office, making the position largely ceremonial.[10]

Mead named Rich Crandall, a moderate Republican member of the Arizona State Senate and a political ally of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, to fill the newly established position of "director" of the Wyoming Education Department, a position that had most of the powers formerly held by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. In January 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court rebuffed Mead and declared that the legislature had overstepped its constitutional powers when it stripped Hill of most of her office duties.[11] Mead unsuccessfully appealed the decision, and Hill resumed her duties in May 2014, just a few weeks before the beginning of the gubernatorial primary campaign.

Meanwhile, two Republican lawmakers who said they had no ties to Hill called for a special prosecutor to investigate Mead's conduct in the matter. Representatives Gerald Gay of Casper and Stephen Watt of Rock Springs said that Mead abused the powers of his office and used funds prior to legal authorization to discredit Hill.[12]

Gay said: "I am in possession of information and internal email correspondence that gives rise to the concern that the governor has used state monies to manufacture allegations against a political opponent. ... The public knows an abuse of power when they see it, and this (is) one of the most egregious examples of abuse of power in Wyoming history. ... I believe there were political motivations because of the timeline that was involved. ... The things I have found are egregious enough that they have to be stopped immediately and to make sure they never happen again."[12]

Gay claimed that a special prosecutor was needed because he did not trust Wyoming Attorney General Peter K. Michael, a Mead appointee, to conduct a fair probe. Michael said that his office does not prosecute crimes except in rare situations, and would not in this particular matter.[12]

Mead handily won re-nomination in the 2014 Republican primary, with 53,626 votes (55 percent), compared to Dr. Taylor Haynes' 31,490 (32 percent), and Hill's 12,443 (13 percent).[13] In the November 4 general election, Mead handily defeated Pete Gosar, the former Democratic Party state chairman and the brother of a Republican U.S. representative from Arizona, Paul Gosar. In the same election, Republican Jillian Balow, backed by Mead, won election to succeed Hill as the education superintendent.[14]


On October 26, 2012, Mead named Buffalo, Wyoming, businessman and rancher Mark Gordon as the state treasurer, to succeed Joseph B. Meyer, who died in office.[15]

On February 17, 2015, Mead vetoed legislation intended to prevent the state from permanently confiscating an individual’s property through civil forfeiture until after a felony conviction had been attained. The legislation, Senate File 14, gained strong popular support and passed through the Wyoming Legislature, with majorities in excess of 2/3 in both houses.[16] An attempt to override the veto failed.[17]


Mead has an older brother, Bradford Scott "Brad" Mead, a Jackson attorney, and an older sister, Muffy Mead-Ferro of Salt Lake City, the author of Confessions of a Slacker Mom.[18]

Mead's mother, Mary, was the GOP gubernatorial nominee in 1990. Considered an expert horsewoman, she died in 1996, on her 61st birthday, in a horseback accident while working cattle in Grand Teton National Park. In 2003, Mead and his brother and sister put their family ranch in the park up for sale; the price was said to be $110 million.[19]

Mead's paternal aunt, Andrea Mead Lawrence, was an alpine ski racer who competed in three Winter Olympic Games and won two gold medals for the United States.[20]

Mead and his wife Carol have two children.[21]

Electoral history

Wyoming Gubernatorial Republican primary results. 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matt Mead 30,308 28.7
Republican Rita Meyer 29,605 28.0
Republican Ron Micheli 27,630 26.1
Republican Colin Simpson 16,722 15.8
Republican Alan Kousoulos 566 0.5
Republican Tom Ubben 432 0.4
Republican John Self 295 0.3
Republican Write-ins 202 0.2
Total votes 105,760 100
Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Matt Mead 123,780 65.68% +35.67%
Democratic Leslie Petersen 43,240 22.94% -47.05%
Independent Taylor Haynes 13,796 7.32%
Libertarian Mike Wheeler 5,362 2.85%
Write-ins 2,285 1.21%
Majority 80,540 42.74% +2.75%
Turnout 190,822
Republican gain from Democratic Swing
Wyoming Gubernatorial Republican primary results. 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matt Mead 53,673 54.04
Republican Taylor Haynes 31,532 31.75
Republican Cindy Hill 12,464 12.55
Republican Write-in 215 0.22
Republican Over Votes 26 0.03
Republican Under Votes 1,402 1.41
Total votes 99,312 100
Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Matt Mead 99,700 58.25 -7.43%
Democratic Pete Gosar 45,752 26.73 3.79%
Independent Don Wills 9,895 5.78
Libertarian Dee Cozzens 4,040 2.36 -0.49%
Write-in Other 8,490 4.96
Over Votes Other 62 0.04
Under Votes Other 3,214 1.88
Majority 53,948 31.52 -11.52%
Total votes 171,153 100
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ "Mead Seeking Seat". Jackson Hole News & Guide. June 12, 2007.
  2. ^ Angus M. Thuermer Jr. (June 8, 2007). "Mead quits federal post". Jackson Hole News & Guide.
  3. ^ As permitted by the Seventeenth Amendment, Wyoming allows the Governor to select the replacement for a vacant Senate seat to hold the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term. However, also as permitted by the Seventeenth Amendment, Wyoming law requires that the replacement must be of the same political party as the predecessor.
  4. ^ "Wyoming Names Senate Replacement". CBS News. February 11, 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  5. ^ Linda Feldmann (July 30, 2010). "Sarah Palin anoints a new 'mama grizzly': Does it make a difference?".
  6. ^ "It's Mead by a Hair". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. August 18, 2010.
  7. ^ Tom Morton (January 23, 2010). "Former U.S. Attorney Mead running for Wyoming governor". Casper Star-Tribune.
  8. ^ "Wyoming: Matt Mead elected governor; Democrats win no statewide offices". USA Today. Associated Press. November 4, 2010.
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Preceded by
Ray Hunkins
Republican nominee for Governor of Wyoming
2010, 2014
Succeeded by
Mark Gordon
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Dave Freudenthal
Governor of Wyoming
Succeeded by
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