Jim Geringer

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Jim Geringer
Jim Geringer - TEDx Oil Spill - Washington, DC.jpg
30th Governor of Wyoming
In office
January 2, 1995 – January 6, 2003
Preceded by Mike Sullivan
Succeeded by Dave Freudenthal
Personal details
Born (1944-04-24) April 24, 1944 (age 74)
Wheatland, Wyoming, U.S.
Political party Republican
Sharyn Geringer (m. 1967)
Children 5
Alma mater Kansas State University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
United States Air Force Reserve
Years of service 1967-1991

James Edward Geringer[1] (born April 24, 1944) is an American politician who was the 30th Governor of Wyoming, serving from 1995 to 2003.

Early life and education[edit]

Geringer was born and raised on a farm in Wheatland, Wyoming. His father, Gottlieb Geringer, was a Volga German from Lauwe (now Yablonovka, Saratov Oblast) in the Russian Empire, and his mother, Edla Malin (née Johnson), was of Swedish descent.[1] He attended Kansas State University and was a member of Triangle Fraternity, earning a degree in mechanical engineering. He served for ten years in the United States Air Force before retiring. He briefly worked at a power generating station in Wheatland before purchasing a farm.


In 1982, Geringer successfully ran as a Republican for a seat in the Wyoming House of Representatives. After serving there for six years, he won a seat in the Wyoming Senate from the 3rd district. In 1994, Geringer was elected as Wyoming's governor.

Geringer was generally a conservative throughout his political career. As governor, he helped pass laws that regulated class action lawsuits, reformed bankruptcy laws, toughened crime laws, legalized charter schools, and lowered taxes. However, he broke with the Republican Party in supporting environmental rulings and the Equal Rights Amendment.

In 1997, Governor Geringer called for a boycott of America Online after Sondra London posted a series of murder confessions sent to her from "Happy Face Killer" Keith Jesperson, protesting that he found the items to be offensive.[2] Although London voluntarily removed the pages in question, AOL banned her from the AOL domain, which in turn prompted an outpouring of support from all over the World Wide Web, including multiple offers of free server space.

After serving as governor, he joined Redlands, California, ESRI [1] as director of policy and public sector strategies.

Geringer is one of the founding governors of Western Governors University (WGU) and is currently chairman of the WGU Board of Trustees.[3]


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Mary Mead
Republican nominee for Governor of Wyoming
1994, 1998
Succeeded by
Eli Bebout
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Sullivan
Governor of Wyoming
Succeeded by
Dave Freudenthal