Mark Gordon was elected Wyoming's 33rd Governor, on Nov. 6, 2018. He was sworn into office on January 7, 2019.
Growing up on the family ranch in Johnson County, Governor Gordon learned the values of hard work and integrity and the importance of working together. As Governor, he brings those values to the table in pursuing his commitment that Wyoming continues to be a place where its citizens can pursue their dreams while retaining its unique character. He is a strong believer in Wyoming's ability to chart its own course and a staunch defender of its interests to do so.
Governor Gordon is working on efforts to set Wyoming on a sustainable fiscal path and making government more accessible, productive and efficient. As part of those efforts, Gordon seeks to refocus government to better assist local communities with the tools and resources needed to thrive and set their own direction. He is also dedicated to ensuring that citizens have access to quality education, including safer schools, advanced degrees, and career and technical education opportunities.
Governor Gordon served as Wyoming State Treasurer from October 2012 until January 2019 when he was sworn in as Governor. As State Treasurer, he led a transformation of the office resulting in improved returns on state investments, better protection of state savings, and increased transparency and access to state financial data for the public. His efforts to improve transparency surrounding the state’s financial portfolio resulted in Wyoming being ranked number one in the United States for transparency and third in the world among all sovereign funds.
Governor Gordon and his wife Jennie have four grown children, Aaron with wife Megan, Bea with fiancé Austen, Anne with partner Bracewell Spencer with wife Sarah and their son Everett.
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.
Kristi Racines was elected in November 2018 as Wyoming’s 21st State Auditor. The State Auditor serves as the state’s chief accountant and payroll officer, and also is a member of the State Loan and Investment Board, the Board of Land Commissioners, and the State Building Commission.
Kristi is a fourth generation Wyomingite with family roots in ranching and the oil and gas industries. She was raised in Bar Nunn, Evanston, and Riverton. After graduating from Riverton High School, she attended the University of Wyoming, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. She became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and worked as an auditor in the private sector before beginning her State service career in 2010. Until her election, she served as the Chief Fiscal Officer and Director of Human Resources of Wyoming’s judicial branch. She has served on the State Employee Compensation Commission, the Government Efficiency Commission, and currently serves on the board of Goodwill of Wyoming.
Curt Meier is a Wyoming farmer and businessman who has been member of the Wyoming State Senate since 1995. He grew up on a farm and started developing his work ethic by helping his grandfather fill corn and bean planters when he was 12 years old. From that time on, he has lived within a 1/4 mile of the place where he and his brother grew up in LaGrange, Wyoming.
After winning state championships in basketball and track while attending LaGrange High School, Curt received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science at the University of Wyoming, where he attended school on an academic scholarship. From the age of 12 until he was 29, Curt worked at the side of his father— a pioneer in center-pivot irrigation. When his father passed away from a heart attack in 1982, Curt took over the irrigated farm, which covered more than 3,000 acres.
Curt’s wife, Charlene, taught school in Goshen County for 44 years, while he continued to successfully manage his growing business ventures.
Over the course of Meier’s Senate career, he served eight years on the Joint Appropriations Committee and has also been the legislature’s State Retirement Board Liaison since 2009. He most recently served as Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee, formerly served as chair of the Senate Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee and has worked for years to preserve and expand one of Wyoming’s most treasured resources on the Select Water Committee.
Curt is proud of his service in the Wyoming State Senate, and has been recognized by numerous organizations for the work he has done for the citizens of Wyoming. He was presented with the Patrick Henry Award for service to veterans and the National Guard in the past year, and is also proud to have helped Chairman Bill Barton on the Transportation Committee early in his Senate career to establish a trust fund for senior citizen transportation needs.
Curt is ready to commit himself to serving the people of Wyoming full-time, and he is excited to bring his experience and leadership to the office of State Treasurer.
Jillian Balow was elected to a second term as Wyoming’s twenty-second State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2018. She is constitutionally entrusted with supervision of Wyoming’s public education system and sits on critical state boards and commissions such as the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees and State Board of Land Commissioners.
Jillian’s policy decisions stem from her core beliefs that the role of parents in education is paramount, that curriculum and school district operations are best determined at the local level, and that our education system should provide as many opportunities as possible to make our youth successful citizens. Jillian is passionate about career and technical education, support for our military, and rural education.
Nationally, Jillian serves as the Treasurer for the Education Commission of the States and is the president-elect on the board of directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers. She is also on the council’s School Safety Steering Committee. In 2017, Superintendent Balow received the State Policymaker Award from the State Education Technology Directors Association. In 2016, Superintendent Balow received the Patrick Henry Award for her contributions to the Wyoming Military Department.
In Wyoming, Jillian also holds a number of leadership positions as the co-chair for the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, board member on the Wyoming Congressional Award Council, Wyoming Business Alliance Steering Committee, Governor’s Post-Secondary Attainment Council, and numerous education-related boards and commissions.
Jillian is a fifth-generation Wyoming native. She taught for over a decade in Wyoming classrooms and has worked to support children and families her entire career. 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, served as an administrator at both the Wyoming Department of Education and Family Services, and was a policy advisor to Governor Matt Mead.
Jillian and her husband, John, have two children. Their daughter, Paiton, serves in the United States Army. Their son Jack is in 7th grade and involved in sports, music, 4-H, and FFA.