Wyoming is the ninth-largest state and, with a population of about a half-million people, the least-populous. Known as the "Equality State," Wyoming was the first state to enfranchise women and the first state to elect a woman as governor (1925). Energy looms large in Wyoming's economy, but so does tourism; both overshadow historically dominant agriculture. The capital is Cheyenne, at about 56,000 people the state's largest city. More than 90 percent of Wyoming is classified as "rural." Wyoming's population density of about 5 people a square mile compares with the national average of 79. National forests, national parks and lands administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management make up half of Wyoming's land mass and give Wyomingites a keen interest in federal land- and resource-management issues. Wyoming gained statehood in 1890.
Governor Dave Freudenthal (D)
Senator Mike Enzi (R)
Senator Craig Thomas (R)
Representative Barbara Cubin (R)
For a complete list of elected officials and state agencies, see www.wyoming.gov/government.asp.
For tourism information, see www.wyomingtourism.org
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Equality and State Policy Center
The Equality State Policy Center (ESPC), a Wyoming nonprofit corporation, is a nontraditional coalition of Wyoming organizations working together on state government accountability and citizen access issues.
Institute of Environment and Natural Resources
The Institute's mission is to advance effective decision-making on environmental and natural resource issues through research, policy analysis, education, process support, and proactive outreach. The Institute accomplishes its mission by partnering and coordinating with University of Wyoming faculty and students, and with government agencies, business, non-governmental organizations, communities, elected officials, and other citizens.
Wyoming Campaign Finance Bill Moves Through Committee
The Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee approved a new bill that would raise individual campaign contributions and address issues surrounding unlimited PAC donations. Some proponents did express reservations of the bill's increase in individual contributions and what is considered an unenforceable provision on PAC donations and new contribution reporting requirements.
Wyoming Coal Town Moving Toward Renewable Energy
In Wyoming's richest coal fields the town of Wright is switching from coal-based power to wind, solar, and biomass to reduce its carbon footprint. Mayor Kelly Hand, a self-proclaimed right-wing conservative, is challenging other Wyoming communities to follow suit.
Wyoming Senator Vows to Protect Rangeland, River, and Promote Rural Health Care
Sen. John Barrasso, in his first speech on the Senate floor, announced plans to continue the legacy of late Sen. Craig Thomas by introducing a bill to protect the Wyoming range lands in the Bridger-Teton National Forest from oil and gas drilling. The decision to move forward on the bill started by Thomas was applauded by both conservationists and industry representatives. Sen. Barrasso also stated he would continue Thomas' work by co-sponsoring a rural health care bill and pushing for the Snake River and many of its tributaries to be designated wild and scenic.