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Mark Gordon (born March 14, 1957) is an American politician serving as the 33rd governor of Wyoming since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, Gordon previously served as Wyoming's treasurer; he was appointed to the position by Governor Matt Mead on October 26, 2012, to fill the vacancy created by the death of Joseph B. Meyer.

Mark Gordon
Mark Gordon of Wyoming.jpg
33rd Governor of Wyoming
Assumed office
January 7, 2019
Preceded byMatt Mead
29th Treasurer of Wyoming
In office
November 1, 2012 – January 7, 2019
GovernorMatt Mead
Preceded byJoseph Meyer
Succeeded byCurt Meier
Personal details
Born (1957-03-14) March 14, 1957 (age 62)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Sarah Hildreth Gilmore
(m. 1981; died 1993)

Jennie Muir (m. 2000)
Children4
ResidenceGovernor's Mansion
EducationMiddlebury College (BA)

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BackgroundEdit

Gordon is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Crawford Gordon, ranchers from Kaycee[1] in Johnson County, located in northern Wyoming. Reared on the Gordon Ranch, Gordon is still affiliated with the 48 Ranch Partnership in Kaycee.

He graduated from St. Paul's School, an Episcopalian boarding school in Concord, New Hampshire, and Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, where he met his first wife, the former Sarah Hildreth Gilmore. The couple married on March 7, 1981 in the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, Massachusetts, where her parents resided.

After graduating from college in 1979, he returned to Wyoming and worked on his family ranch before starting his own operation. Mark ran several successful businesses in Buffalo and Sheridan including two operations focused on outdoor recreation and tourism. He later worked in the oil and gas industry. In 1993, Gordon's first wife died in an automobile accident.[2] After his wife was killed he focused on raising his two daughters who were four and two-years old at the time.

Gordon met his current wife, the former Jennie Muir Young, in 1998 and they were married in 2000. Together they own the Merlin Ranch east of Buffalo, also in Johnson County, Wyoming. In 2009, their ranch received the Society for Range Management Wyoming Section "Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship" award.[3] They have four grown children: two sons and two daughters.

Gordon has been volunteering and serving in leadership positions for important Wyoming causes for nearly forty years. He is currently on the boards of Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, Ucross Foundation and Willow Park Reservoir Company. He was previously on the Johnson County School Board, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, Wyoming Stock Growers Tax Committee, Wyoming Environmental Quality Council, Wyoming Council for the Humanities, Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center, Powder River Conservation District, Johnson County Republican Party and the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture Sheridan Research and Extension Center Advisory Board.[4]

Congressional runEdit

In 2008, Gordon was an unsuccessful candidate in the Republican primary for the United States House of Representatives for Wyoming's at-large congressional district seat held by Cynthia Lummis, also a former state treasurer and the wife of a Democratic former state representative, Alvin Wiederspahn.[5] Former U.S. senator Alan K. Simpson of Cody, considered a moderate Republican, defended Gordon's candidacy though he stopped short of an outright endorsement because he is also friendly with Lummis. Nevertheless, former U.S. senator Malcolm Wallop did endorse Gordon as did the late Joseph B. Meyer, who was serving as state treasurer at the time.[6]

In the primary, Gordon garnered the endorsements of the Wyoming's two most prominent statewide newspapers: The Casper Star-Tribune[7] and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.[8] Though polls and the financial advantage rested with Gordon in the primary campaign, he nevertheless lost the party nomination to Lummis.[9]

State TreasurerEdit

Governor Mead said that his selection of Gordon as the state treasurer over two other candidates proposed by the Wyoming Republican State Central Committee was based on Gordon's financial background and long-term commitment to the state. The treasurer manages the state's $15 billion in investments. Severance taxes on energy production are particularly important to the state budget.[5][10]

Gordon was sworn in as treasurer on November 1, 2012, by Wyoming Supreme Court Justice William Hill.[10][11]

Gordon was elected to a full term as treasurer in the 2014 Republican primary election.[10]

Under Gordon's leadership, Wyoming's portfolio grew from $15 billion to nearly $21 billion.[12] Nationally, Mark was elected to serve as Western Regional Vice President of the National Association of State Treasurers. He has earned recognition three years running for his leadership and expertise.[4] The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute named him one of the "Top 100 Most Significant and Impactful Asset Owners and Public Executives." [13] In 2016, under Gordon's leadership, Wyoming's portfolio was ranked 3rd in the world for transparency by the Peterson Institute for International Economics.[14]

As State Treasurer, Gordon had success modernizing and professionalizing the Office of State Treasurer. Working with voters and the Wyoming Legislature, Gordon helped craft an amendment to Wyoming's Constitution which would allow the Legislature to designate certain funds of the State to be invested in stocks as well as bonds. The amendment passed in 2016.[15]

Governor of WyomingEdit

ElectionEdit

Gordon declined to run for Cynthia Lummis's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016, the same seat he ran for in 2008, and instead ran for Governor of Wyoming in 2018. He won the Republican primary on August 21, 2018 and then won the general election on November 6, 2018, defeating Democratic state representative Mary Throne.[16] Gordon was inaugurated on January 7, 2019.

TenureEdit

Electoral historyEdit

Wyoming Congressional At-Large District Republican Primary Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cynthia Lummis 33,149 46.24
Republican Mark Gordon 26,827 37.42
Republican Bill Winney 8,537 11.91
Republican Michael Holland 3,171 4.42
Wyoming Treasurer Republican Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Gordon (inc.) 75,095 88.09
Republican Ron Redo 9,945 11.67
Republican Write-ins 206 0.24
Wyoming Treasurer Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Gordon (inc.) 138,831 99.10
Write-ins Write-ins 1,262 0.90

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Sarah Hildreth Gordon". geni_family_tree. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "Merlin Ranch sponsors Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt - Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt". Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Mark Gordon : Wyoming State Treasurer" (PDF). Statetreasurer.wyo.org. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Trevor Brown, "Mead selects treasurer"". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. October 27, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "Sen. Wallop endorses Mark Gordon". Wyomingpublicmedia.org. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Gordon has Edge in Republican Primary". Casper Star Tribune. August 17, 2008. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  8. ^ "US House (GOP) Recommendation". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. August 11, 2008. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Marguerite Herman, "Gordon's run for Congress draws criticism", May 2008". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  10. ^ a b c "Mark Gordon takes oath as Wyoming treasurer". Gillette, Wyoming, News Record. Retrieved December 7, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "Doug Randall, "Gordon sworn in as treasurer"". kgab.com. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Investment Reports, Statetreasurer.wyo.gov.
  13. ^ "Public Investor 100 – 2015 - SWFI - Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute". Swfinstitute.org. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "PB 16-18 Uneven Progress on Sovereign Wealth Fund Transparency and Accountability" (PDF). Piie.com. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  15. ^ "State Treasurer Gordon Reacts to Passage of Constitutional Amendment - SheridanMedia.com". Sheridanmedia.com. June 24, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  16. ^ Reynolds, Nick (November 7, 2018). "Wyoming governor-elect Gordon outlines vision for his first year in office". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved November 9, 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Meyer
Treasurer of Wyoming
2012–2019
Succeeded by
Curt Meier
Preceded by
Matt Mead
Governor of Wyoming
2019–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Matt Mead
Republican nominee for Governor of Wyoming
2018
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Mike Pence
as Vice President
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