Wyoming Senate

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Wyoming State Senate
66th Wyoming State Legislature
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Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 12, 2021
Leadership
Dan Dockstader (R)
since January 12, 2021
Vice President of the Senate
Larry Hicks (R)
since January 12, 2021
Majority Leader
Ogden Driskill (R)
since January 12, 2021
Minority Leader
Chris Rothfuss (D)
since January 7, 2013
Structure
Seats30
Senate diagram 2020 State of Wyoming.svg
Political groups
Majority
  •   Republican (28)

Minority

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle 3, Wyoming Constitution
Salary$150/day + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2020
(15 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(15 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative 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.

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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

AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of 59th Legislature237300
End of 60th Legislature237300
End of 61st Legislature264300
End of 62nd Legislature264300
End of 63rd Legislature264300
End of 64th Legislature273300
End of 65th Legislature273300
Beginning of 66th Legislature282300
Latest voting share93%7%

Leadership

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 Dan Dockstader of District 16 (Afton).

PositionNameParty
President of the Senate Dan Dockstader Republican
Senate Vice President Larry Hicks Republican
Majority Leader Ogden Driskill Republican
Minority Leader Chris Rothfuss Democratic
Minority Whip Mike Gierau Democratic

Members of the Wyoming Senate

DistrictRepresentativePartyResidenceCounties RepresentedNext election
1 Ogden Driskill Republican Devils Tower Campbell, Crook, Weston 2022
2 Brian Boner Republican Douglas Converse, Platte 2024
3 Cheri Steinmetz Republican Lingle Goshen, Niobrara, Weston 2022
4 Tara Nethercott Republican Cheyenne Laramie 2024
5 Lynn Hutchings RepublicanCheyenneLaramie2022
6 Anthony Bouchard Republican Carpenter Laramie2024
7 Stephan Pappas RepublicanCheyenneLaramie2022
8 Affie Ellis RepublicanCheyenneLaramie2024
9 Chris Rothfuss Democratic Laramie Albany 2022
10 Dan Furphy RepublicanLaramieAlbany2024
11 Larry S. Hicks Republican Baggs Albany, Carbon 2022
12 John Kolb Republican Rock Springs Fremont, Sweetwater 2024
13 Tom James RepublicanRock SpringsSweetwater2022
14 Fred Baldwin Republican Kemmerer Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Uinta 2024
15 Wendy Davis Schuler Republican Evanston Uinta2022
16 Dan Dockstader Republican Afton Lincoln, Sublette, Teton 2024
17 Mike Gierau Democratic Jackson Hole Teton2022
18 Tim French Republican Powell Park 2024
19 R. J. Kost Republican Powell Big Horn, Park2022
20 Ed Cooper Republican Ten Sleep Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, Washakie 2024
21 Bo Biteman Republican Ranchester Sheridan 2022
22 Dave Kinskey RepublicanSheridanSheridan, Johnson 2024
23 Jeff Wasserburger Republican Gillette Campbell2022
24 Troy McKeown RepublicanGilletteCampbell2024
25 Cale Case Republican Lander Fremont 2022
26 Tim Salazar Republican Riverton Fremont2024
27 Bill Landen Republican Casper Natrona 2022
28 James Lee Anderson RepublicanCasperNatrona2024
29 Drew Perkins RepublicanCasperNatrona2022
30 Charles Scott RepublicanCasperNatrona2024

History

Women in the Senate

SenatorPartyResidenceSenate TermNotes
Dora McGrath Republican Thermopolis 1931–1933First woman in the Wyoming Senate [1] [2]
Edness Kimball WilkinsDemocraticCasper1967-1973First woman to serve as Speaker of the Wyoming House of Representatives [3]
June BoyleDemocratic Laramie 1973–1985
Catherine ParksRepublican Gillette 1979–1985
Win HickeyDemocratic Cheyenne 1981–1991
Lisa KinneyDemocraticLaramie1985–1995
Della HerbstDemocratic Sheridan 1987–1993
Harriet Elizabeth Byrd DemocraticCheyenne1989–1993First African-American to serve in the State Legislature [4] [5]
Susan AndersonDemocratic Casper 1993–1995
April Brimmer-KunzRepublicanCheyenne1993–2005First female President of the Senate
Barbara Cubin RepublicanCasper1993–1995Resigned to become U.S. Representative
Cynthia Lummis RepublicanCheyenne1993–1995Later served as State Treasurer, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator
Mary MacGuireRepublicanCasper1993–1995Son Joe MacGuire currently serves in the Wyoming House of Representatives
Irene DevinRepublicanLaramie1997–2005
Rae Lynn Job Democratic Rock Springs 1997–2009
E. Jayne MocklerDemocraticCheyenne1997–2009
Kathryn Sessions DemocraticCheyenne1999–2011
Jana GunterDemocraticCheyenne2004–2005
Patricia AullmanRepublican Thayne 2005–2009
Saundra MeyerDemocratic Evanston 2009–2011
Leslie Nutting RepublicanCheyenne2011–2015
Bernadine Craft DemocraticRock Springs2013–2017
Liisa Anselmi-Dalton DemocraticRock Springs2017–2021
Affie Ellis RepublicanCheyenne2017–presentMember of the Navajo Nation, first Native American to serve in the Wyoming Senate. [6]
Tara Nethercott RepublicanCheyenne2017–present
Wendy Davis Schuler RepublicanEvanston2019–present
Lynn Hutchings RepublicanCheyenne2019–present
Cheri Steinmetz Republican Lingle 2019–present

Past composition of the Senate

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References

  1. "Wyoming Women in the Legislature" (PDF). Historical Information. Wyoming: Wyoming Ssecretary of State Office. 2010. Retrieved March 29, 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. American legislative leaders in the West, 1911-1994. Sharp, Nancy Weatherly., Sharp, James Roger, 1936-. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. 1997. ISBN   031330212X. OCLC   35138609.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. University of Wyoming-UW Profiles Harriet Elizabeth "Liz" Byrd
  5. "Liz" Byrd, first black woman in Wyoming House, dies at 88"
  6. "First Native American". Women in Wyoming. Archived from the original on August 4, 2020.

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