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Wyoming State Senate

Wyoming State Senate
Wyoming State Legislature
File:Logo of the Wyoming Legislature.jpg
Type
Type Upper House
Term limits None
History
New session started January 7, 2013
Leadership
President of the Senate Tony Ross, (R)
Since January 7, 2013
Vice President of the Senate Eli Bebout, (R)
Since January 7, 2013
Majority Leader Phil Nicholas, (R)
Since January 7, 2013
Minority Leader Chris Rothfuss, (D)
Since January 7, 2013
Structure
Seats 30
Political groups Republican Party (26)
Democratic Party (4)
Length of term 4 years
Authority Article 3, Wyoming Constitution
Salary $150/day + per diem
Elections
Last election November 6, 2012
(15 seats)
Next election November 4, 2014
(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 constituents 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

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
Beginning of 62nd Legislature 26 4 30 0
Latest voting share 86.7% 13.3%

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 Tony Ross of District 4 (Cheyenne).

Position Name Party
President of the Senate Tony Ross Republican
Majority Leader Phil Nicholas Republican
Senate Vice President Eli Bebout Republican
Minority Leader Chris Rothfuss Democratic
Minority Whip Bernadine Craft Democratic

Members of the Wyoming Senate

District Representative Party Residence Counties Represented
1 Ogden Driskill Republican Devils Tower Converse, Crook, Goshen, Niobrara, Weston
2 Jim Anderson Republican Glenrock Converse, Platte
3 Curt Meier Republican LaGrange Goshen, Platte
4 Tony Ross Republican Cheyenne Laramie
5 Fred Emerich Republican Cheyenne Laramie
6 Wayne H. Johnson Republican Cheyenne Laramie
7 Leslie Nutting Republican Cheyenne Laramie
8 Floyd Esquibel Democratic Cheyenne Laramie
9 Chris Rothfuss Democratic Laramie Albany
10 Phil Nicholas Republican Laramie Albany
11 Larry S. Hicks Republican Baggs Albany, Carbon
12 Bernadine Craft Democratic Rock Springs Fremont, Sweetwater
13 John Hastert Democratic Green River Sweetwater
14 Stan Cooper 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 Gerald Geis Republican Worland Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, Washakie
21 Bruce Burns Republican Sheridan Sheridan
22 John Schiffer Republican Kaycee Sheridan, Johnson
23 John Hines 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

See also

External links

  • Wyoming Senate
  • Map of Senate Districts
  • Project Vote Smart - State Senate of Wyoming
  • The Wyoming Liberty Index

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Coordinates: 41°08′25″N 104°49′13″W / 41.14028°N 104.82028°W / 41.14028; -104.82028

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