Elected Officials

Matt Mead
Wyoming Governor

Matt Mead was sworn in as Wyoming's 32nd Governor on January 3, 2011.
Born in Jackson, Wyoming, Governor Mead was raised on the family ranch in Teton County. He has a law degree from the University of Wyoming and a BA degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. The Governor has served as a county and federal prosecutor, practiced in a private firm, and served as United States Attorney for Wyoming from October 2001 to June 2007. After he stepped down as U.S. Attorney, Matt and his wife Carol, Wyoming's First Lady, returned full time to operating their farming and ranching business in southeast Wyoming.

Since taking office, the Governor has put a focus on economic growth, a 
state energy strategy, consolidation of government services, supporting
local government and enhancing infrastructure, and creating additional
access to high-speed broadband.

Governor Mead continues to travel to communities around the state to hear from residents in the places where they live and work. He maintains an open door policy in his office at the Capitol Building.

Representing the interests of the state, the Governor also serves in regional and national leadership roles. He serves on the Council of Governors, the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Natural Resources Committee of the National Governors Association. He is also co-chair of the State and Federal Sage Grouse Task Force, which brings together federal officials and representatives of 11 western states for a regional conservation effort.

Matt and Carol have been married 22 years. They have two teenaged children, Mary and Pete.

Edward Buchanan

Edward A. Buchanan was appointed Wyoming's 22nd Secretary of State by Governor Mead on March 1, 2018. Secretary Buchanan serves as the State's Chief Elections Officer, Securities Commissioner, Corporations Administrator, and Notaries Public Commissioner. Additionally, he chairs the State Canvassing Board and serves with Wyoming's other statewide elected officials on the State Loan and Investment Board, the Board of Land Commissioners and the State Building Commission.

Secretary Buchanan grew up in Goshen County, Wyoming on his family's farm and ranch on Rawhide Creek. After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in political science, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force and served as an intelligence briefer to senior command. While in uniform, he received a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Upon his return to civilian life, Ed attended the University Of Wyoming College Of Law where he was awarded a place on the Board of Advocates. Ed returned to Goshen County upon graduation, where he established and grew a successful law practice in Torrington.

In 2002, Ed was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives and represented Goshen County for ten years while continuing to run his law practice in Torrington. During this tenure in the legislature he served as Chairman of Judiciary, Majority Floor Leader and as Speaker of the House. Secretary Buchanan enjoys spending time with his wife and four children and he remains actively involved in his community. On free weekends he enjoys flying across the skies of Wyoming as a licensed pilot.

Cynthia I. Cloud, CPA
Wyoming State Auditor's Office

The State Auditor is a constitutional officer elected for a four-year term by the general electorate of Wyoming. The duties of the State Auditor include being the Chief Accountant and Payroll Officer for state agencies. The Auditor is also responsible for the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report on the fiscal affairs of the state. Cynthia was elected in November 2010 to serve as Wyoming’s 20th State Auditor. She is the first certified public accountant to serve as State Auditor.

The Auditor serves as a member of the Board of Land Commissioners, the State Loan and Investment Board, the State Board of Deposits, the State Building Commission, and the State Canvassing Board. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Comptrollers (NASC), member of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers (NASACT), a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and a member of the Wyoming State Board of Certified Public Accountants. 

Cynthia has over 16 years in public accounting and is a successful business owner. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. 

Cynthia and her husband of 19 years, Charles, have four children: Luke, Morgan, Connor and Wyatt. Their eldest son, Luke, is a fourth generation Marine who served in Iraq. 

Mark Gordon
Wyoming State Treasurer's Office

Mark Gordon is currently serving as Wyoming Treasurer. He was appointed to complete the term of the late Joe Meyer who passed away in October 2012. As Treasurer, Mr. Gordon’s principal duty is to safeguard and invest all the funds of the state. He serves as Administrator for the Wyoming State Treasurer’s Asset Reserve (WYO-STAR), and Wyoming Unclaimed Property. He also serves on eight boards and commissions: the Board of Deposits, Board of Land Commissioners, Financial Advisory Council, State Building Commission, State Canvassing Board, State Loan and Investment Board, Wyoming Community Development Authority, and the Wyoming Retirement Board of Directors.

Previously Treasurer Gordon served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (10-J) as a Class B Director, The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust Board, the Johnson County District 1 K-12 School Board, and on the board of the Nature Conservancy of Wyoming. He has served as vice chair for the Wyoming Stock Growers Tax Committee. He continues to serve as president of the Willow Park Reservoir Company, on the Board of Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, and on the board of the Ucross Foundation. He is a member of Rotary and Elks. He and his wife, Jennie, own and operate businesses and ranches in Buffalo and Kaycee, Wyoming. They are members of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, Wyoming Stock Growers, and Woolgrowers.

In 2008 Gordon was a Republican Candidate in the 2008 primary for Wyoming’s At-Large US House of Representatives seat. Prior to that he was Director of Conservation and Stewardship for Apache Corporation, chairman and member of the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council, a board member of the Wyoming Humanities Council, the Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center, Harold Jarrard Park, and Powder River Conservation District as well as the Advisory Board for UW College of Agriculture - Sheridan Research and Extension Center.

Mr. Gordon graduated from Middlebury College in 1979 with a BA in History. He grew up on the family ranch west of Kaycee and settled on his own in 1988. He has had agricultural operations in Johnson, Sheridan, and Campbell counties. His home ranch received the 2009 Excellence in Range Stewardship award from the Society for Range Management. Other businesses have included the “Bookshop,” Abercrombie and Kent “On Safari Ltd” and “The Trading Company” catalogues in Sheridan Wyoming. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hunting, climbing, skiing, kayaking, and rodeo. His experience reaches to agriculture, mineral development, tourism, finance, recreation, and politics.

He and his wife have four grown children: two sons and two daughters.

Jillian Balow
Wyoming Department of Education

Jillian Balow was elected Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction
in 2014. The State Superintendent supervises public education in Wyoming and is a member of many boards and commissions including State Lands, Loan and Investment, UW Trustees, School Facilities, Community Colleges, and the State Board of Education. Jillian is a fifth-generation Wyoming native. She taught for over a decade in Wyoming elementary and secondary classrooms and found her niche in literacy education and the professional development of others.

Jillian has an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in education from Regis University. In addition to teaching, Jillian has consulted in the private sector on education issues, and since 2006, she has served in a number of roles in state government, to include administrator in the Wyoming Department of Education, policy advisor to Governor Matt Mead, and administrator at the Wyoming Department of Family Services. She’s also served on the Wyoming Early Childhood State Advisory Council, the Early Intervention Council, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies Board of Directors, St. Mary’s Parent Advisory Council, and various committees for charitable causes in her community.

Jillian, her husband John, a junior high principal, and their children Paiton (15) and Jack (8) reside
in Cheyenne.