Gordon becomes 33rd Wyoming Governor
January 10, 2019
CHEYENNE — Wyoming’s governorship changed hands Monday afternoon in two separate ceremonies when Gov. Mark Gordon took the oath of office.
Early Monday morning, in a ceremony open only to relatives, construction workers and an Associated Press pool reporter Gordon was sworn into office at the Wyoming State Capitol, which is in its third year of major renovations.
Secretary of State Ed Buchanan, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Wyoming State Treasurer Curt Meier, and State Auditor Kristi Racines were also sworn in the private ceremony.
Speaking at a public ceremony later that morning at the Cheyenne Civic Center, Gordon said he took an oath in the Capitol Rotunda because, “It was important to me that our terms begin in the people’s house and they be affirmed here in the moment.”
During his speech Monday morning, Gordon outlined an optimistic vision for Wyoming in the coming years.
“I believe in the bottom of my hear that Wyoming can reach new heights and be a beacon for others,” Gordon said. “We can lead the way into a bright future if we focus on the world we want our grandchildren to inherit even as we address the issues of this day.”
While he served as state treasurer, Gordon said he warned lawmakers against spending saving in order to “avoid tough decisions today.”
As Governor, Gordon will work to make the state government more efficient.
“We must become more effective even as we become leaner and we must invest in the people, programs and systems that make it all possible.”
Gordon also intends for his administration to drive innovations in areas such as energy, the environment, water, rural healthcare and education.
Gordon also spoke favorably of his predecessors, including former Governor Matt Mead.
In particular, Gordon praised Mead’s landmark Economically Needed Diversification Options for Wyoming Initiative.
Announced in 2016, ENDOW seeks to add a “fourth leg” to Wyoming’s economy through technology.
“Governor Mead’s administration has worked to encourage diversification of our economy. The ENDOW initiative is built on the idea that a diverse economy is by definition less prone to boom and bust cycles,” Gordon said. “Still, we recognize that a diversifying economy has its needs too, and some might be expensive.”
Gordon also spoke in favor a small government that’s close to the people it represents.
Instead of growing the government, Wyoming’s citizens should instead work to grow opportunity in their communities.