Wyoming Senate

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Wyoming State Senate
Wyoming State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 10, 2017
Leadership
Eli Bebout (R)
Since January 10, 2017
Vice President of the Senate
Michael Von Flatern (R)
Since January 10, 2017
Majority Leader
Drew Perkins (R)
Since January 10, 2017
Minority Leader
Chris Rothfuss (D)
Since January 7, 2013
Structure
Seats 30
Senate diagram 2014 State of Wyoming.svg
Political groups

Majority

Minority

Length of term
4 years
Authority Article 3, Wyoming Constitution
Salary $150/day + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
(15 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(15 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Wyoming State Capitol
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Website
Wyoming State Legislature

The Wyoming Senate is the upper house of the Wyoming State Legislature. There are 30 Senators in the Senate, representing an equal number of constituencies across Wyoming, each with a population of at least 17,000. The Senate meets at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne.

Members of the Senate serve four year terms without term limits. Term limits were declared unconstitutional by the Wyoming Supreme Court in 2004, overturning a decade-old law that had restricted Senators to three terms (twelve years).

Like other upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal U.S. Senate, the Wyoming Senate can confirm or reject gubernatorial appointments to the state cabinet, commissions, boards, or justices to the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Composition of the Senate[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of 59th Legislature 23 7 30 0
End of 60th Legislature 23 7 30 0
End of 61st Legislature 26 4 30 0
End of 62nd Legislature 26 4 30 0
End of 63rd Legislature 26 4 30 0
Beginning of 64th Legislature 27 3 30 0
Latest voting share 90% 10%

Leadership[edit]

Wyoming, along with Arizona, Maine, and Oregon, is one of the four U.S. states to have abolished the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, a position which for most upper houses of state legislatures and indeed for the U.S. Congress (with the Vice President) is the head of the legislative body. Instead, a separate position of Senate President is in place, removed from the Wyoming executive branch.

The current Senate President is Republican Eli Bebout of District 26 (Riverton).

Position Name Party
President of the Senate Eli Bebout Republican
Majority Leader Drew Perkins Republican
Senate Vice President Michael Von Flatern Republican
Minority Leader Chris Rothfuss Democratic
Minority Whip John Hastert Democratic

Members of the Wyoming Senate[edit]

District Representative Party Residence Counties Represented
1 Ogden Driskill Republican Devils Tower Converse, Crook, Goshen, Niobrara, Weston
2 Brian Boner Republican Douglas Converse, Platte
3 Curt Meier Republican LaGrange Goshen, Platte
4 Tara Nethercott Republican Cheyenne Laramie
5 Fred Emerich Republican Cheyenne Laramie
6 Anthony Bouchard Republican Carpenter Laramie
7 Stephan Pappas Republican Cheyenne Laramie
8 Affie Ellis Republican Cheyenne Laramie
9 Chris Rothfuss Democratic Laramie Albany
10 Glenn Moniz Republican Laramie Albany
11 Larry S. Hicks Republican Baggs Albany, Carbon
12 Liisa Anselmi-Dalton Democratic Rock Springs Fremont, Sweetwater
13 John Hastert Democratic Green River Sweetwater
14 Fred Baldwin Republican Kemmerer Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Uinta
15 Paul Barnard Republican Evanston Uinta
16 Dan Dockstader Republican Afton Lincoln, Sublette, Teton
17 Leland Christensen Republican Alta Fremont, Teton
18 Hank Coe Republican Cody Park
19 R. Ray Peterson Republican Cowley Big Horn, Park
20 Wyatt Agar Republican Thermopolis Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, Washakie
21 Bruce Burns Republican Sheridan Sheridan
22 Dave Kinskey Republican Sheridan Sheridan, Johnson
23 Jeff Wasserburger Republican Gillette Campbell
24 Michael Von Flatern Republican Gillette Campbell
25 Cale Case Republican Lander Fremont
26 Eli Bebout Republican Riverton Fremont
27 Bill Landen Republican Casper Natrona
28 James Lee Anderson Republican Casper Natrona
29 Drew Perkins Republican Casper Natrona
30 Charles Scott Republican Casper Natrona

History[edit]

Women in the Senate[edit]

Senator Party Residence Senate Term Notes
Dora McGrath Republican Thermopolis 1931-1933 First woman in the Wyoming Senate[1][2]
June Boyle Democratic Laramie 1973-1985
Catherine Parks Republican Gillette 1979-1985
Win Hickey Democratic Cheyenne 1981-1991
Lisa Kinney Democratic Laramie 1985-1995
Della Herbst Democratic Sheridan 1987-1993
Harriet Elizabeth Byrd Democratic Cheyenne 1989-1993 First African-American to serve in the State Legislature[3][4]
Susan Anderson Democratic Casper 1993-1995
April Brimmer-Kunz Republican Cheyenne 1993-2005 First female President of the Senate
Barbara Cubin Republican Casper 1993-1995 Resigned to become U.S. Representative
Cynthia Lummis Republican Cheyenne 1993-1995 Later served as State Treasurer and U.S. Representative
Mary MacGuire Republican Casper 1993-1995 Son Joe MacGuire currently serves in the Wyoming House of Representatives
Irene Devin Republican Laramie 1997-2005
Rae Lynn Job Democratic Rock Springs 1997-2009
E. Jayne Mockler Democratic Cheyenne 1997-2009
Kathryn Sessions Democratic Cheyenne 1999-2011
Jana Gunter Democratic Cheyenne 2004-2005
Patricia Aullman Republican Thayne 2005-2009
Saundra Meyer Democratic Evanston 2009-2011
Leslie Nutting Republican Cheyenne 2011-2015
Bernadine Craft Democratic Rock Springs 2013-2017
Liisa Anselmi-Dalton Democratic Rock Springs 2017-
Affie Ellis Republican Cheyenne 2017-
Tara Nethercott Republican Cheyenne 2017-

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wyoming Women in the Legislature" (PDF). Historical Information. Wyoming: Wyoming Ssecretary of State Office. 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (January 19, 1931). "Nation's 147 Women Legislators Active". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved March 29, 2010. ("In Wyoming, where women have been voting since 1869, Mrs. Dora McGrath is the first woman ever elected to the senate. Following her election last September she remarked that rather than go down to the legislature she would prefer to 'stay home and win prizes for my apple pies.'")
  3. ^ University of Wyoming-UW Profiles Harriet Elizabeth "Liz" Byrd
  4. ^ "Liz" Byrd, first black woman in Wyoming House, dies at 88"

External links[edit]

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