Rita Meyer

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This article is about Wyoming politician. For baseball player, see Rita Meyer (baseball).
Rita C. Meyer
19th State Auditor of Wyoming
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Max Maxfield
Succeeded by Cynthia Cloud
Personal details
Born 1951
Johnstown, Brown County
Nebraska, USA
Political party Republican

Unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate, 2010

Spouse(s) Dr. Leo Charles Meyer
Children Lt. Charles Stoddard Meyer
Residence Cheyenne, Laramie County
Wyoming
Alma mater University of Wyoming

Regis University
National Defense University

Military service
Service/branch Wyoming Air National Guard
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars Desert Storm

Operation Enduring Freedom

Rita C. Meyer (born 1951) is the former Wyoming state auditor, the nineteenth person to hold the position.[1] Instead of seeking a second term as auditor in 2010, Meyer ran unsuccessfully as a candidate in the 2010 Wyoming gubernatorial election. She lost by approximately seven hundred votes to fellow Republican Matt Mead in the primary election held on August 17, 2010.

Early life and education[edit]

Meyer lived near Johnstown in Brown County in northern Nebraska. In 1977, the family moved to Centennial, Wyoming. Meyer attended the University of Wyoming and holds an MBA from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and a Master’s in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Professional career[edit]

From 1998 to 2002, Meyer was the chief of staff to Republican Governor Jim Geringer.[2] She also served on the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees and as head of the Service Academy Nomination Committee for the late U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop.

Military career[edit]

Meyer served too for more than twenty-three years as an enlisted airman and officer in the Wyoming Air National Guard, having attained the rank of full Colonel in July 2004. She is a combat veteran of both Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. Her final overseas assignment was as Mission Support Group Commander at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. She retired from the military in November 2007.

She also served as an Admissions Liaison Officer to the United States Air Force Academy and the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Meyer has received the award of Outstanding Alumnus from both the University of Wyoming College of Business and the College of Education,[3] the Legion of Merit, the Order of the Bayonet, and the Order of St. Barbara.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Dr. Charles Meyer, a retired dentist and a native of Rawlins, Wyoming. The couple has one son, Charles Stoddard Meyer, a Navy Lieutenant, and a daughter-in-law, Emily, an export control attorney in Arlington, Virginia.

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Preceded by
Max Maxfield
State Auditor of Wyoming

Rita C. Meyer
2007—2011

Succeeded by
Cynthia Cloud