Tim Salazar

Last updated
(m. 2001)
Tim Salazar
Tim Salazar.jpg
Member of the Wyoming Senate
from the 26th district
Assumed office
January 12, 2021
Residence Riverton, Wyoming
Military service
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Branch/serviceFlag of the United States Army.svg  United States Army
Years of service1989–2015
Rank US Army O4 shoulderboard.svg Major
Unit USA - Army Infantry Insignia.png Infantry Branch
Awards Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Achievement Medal

Tim Salazar is an American politician and former US Army Officer. He is the Wyoming State Senator for the 26th district. He was sworn into the Wyoming Senate on January 12, 2021. A member of the Republican Party, Salazar previously served as a Representative from the 34th district in the Wyoming House of Representatives from 2017 to 2021. [1] He currently sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senate Education Committee and the WY Department of Homeland Security, State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).


Wyoming State Senate 2021 to present


In 2023 Salazar successfully authored and passed into law Senate File 109 which prohibits chemical abortions in the state of Wyoming, the first state to pass such a law. In 2022 Salazar introduced SF 69 which would have limited the increase of property taxes in any one year by not more than five percent from the prior year. In 2021 Salazar brought SF 132 which sought to study emergency preparedness in the event of a disruption of federal government operations. In 2020, during the outbreak of COVID-19, Salazar tried to provide religious exceptions to those who refused to be vaccinated for religious beliefs.

Committee assignments

Senate Appropriations Committee

Senate Education Committee

Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources

Select Committee on Tribal Relations

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Wyoming Office Of Homeland Security

Wyoming House of Representatives 2017-2020


In 2017-2018 Salazar authored or co-sponsored over 20 Bills & resolutions including:

Committee assignments

House Judiciary Committee

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Wyoming Office Of Homeland Security

Political positions

Domestic issues

Salazar is a fierce opponent of tax increases. In 2016, he repeatedly adhered to no tax increase pledges and advocated state legislative restraint on government spending. In 2017, he consistently voted against any state fee increases, internet tax or sales and property tax increases in Wyoming.

Salazar is a gun-rights supporter who in 2017 co-sponsored legislation expanding the use of concealed carry in Wyoming. He has voiced his support for self-defense and the Castle Doctrine.

In 2018 Salazar authored and passed into law HB168 Stand Your Ground Law legislation, which provides criminal and civil immunity under the Castle Doctrine for those claiming self defense outside their dwelling. [2]

Salazar is a supporter of school choice and opposes the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

On abortion, Salazar is strongly opposed to abortion. In 2023 Salazar authored and passed into state law SF 109 which bans all chemical abortions in Wyoming with some exceptions. SF 109 is the first successful ban by a state of chemical pills for abortion in the United States. [3]

Salazar has been an advocate for the US military but has argued for more unconventional smaller forces in any future Counter-terrorism conflicts.

As a member of the House Judiciary Committee he has voted in favor of stronger penalties against domestic violence & child abuse. In 2019 Salazar authored HB 227 which would create the child sexual abuse protection division under the Wyoming Attorney General's office.

Salazar received an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association in 2018 and 2020.

International issues

Salazar is an outspoken supporter of the State of Israel. In 2017, he co-sponsored legislation that would have prohibited Wyoming public state contracts with companies that boycott the State of Israel.

Electoral history


Salazar challenged incumbent Representative Rita Campbell in the Republican primary. [4] Campbell defeated Salazar and two other opponents with 42% of the vote.[ citation needed ]

Wyoming House of Representatives, District 34 Republican Primary, 2014
Republican Rita Campbell (incumbent) 892 42.4%
Republican Tim Salazar67832.2%
Republican Pat Moore42020.0%
Republican Frank Lajeunesse1145.4%
Total votes2,104 100.0%


When Campbell announced her retirement, Salazar again declared his candidacy for the seat. Salazar defeated Taylor Engum in the Republican primary with 57% of the vote and ran unopposed in the general election. [5]

Wyoming House of Representatives, District 34 Republican Primary, 2016
Republican Tim Salazar 1,050 56.5%
Republican Taylor Engum80843.4%
Total votes1,858 100.0%


Salazar was unopposed in the Republican primary and the general election in 2018 for House District 34. [6]

Wyoming House of Representatives, District 34 Republican Primary, 2018
Republican Tim Salazar (incumbent) 1,936 100.0%
Total votes1,936 100.0%
Wyoming House of Representatives, District 34
Republican Tim Salazar (incumbent) 3,105 98.8%
Write-in 381.2%
Total votes3,143 100.0%
Republican hold


Salazar (Republican Party) ran for election to the Wyoming State Senate to represent District 26. Salazar won the Republican primary and the general election in 2020 for Senate District 26.

Republican primary for Wyoming State Senate, District 26
Republican Tim Salazar 2,883 62.3%
Republican Michael Bailey1,73837.6%
Write-in 30.1%
Total votes4,624 100.0%
Wyoming's 26th State Senate District General Election, 2020
Republican Tim Salazar 7,790 100.0%
Total votes7,790 100.0%
Republican hold

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