Dave Freudenthal

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Dave Freudenthal
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31st Governor of Wyoming
In office
January 6, 2003 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byJim Geringer
Succeeded byMatt Mead
United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming
In office
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byRichard Stacy
Succeeded byMatt Mead
Personal details
David Duane Freudenthal

(1950-10-12) October 12, 1950 (age 69)
Thermopolis, Wyoming, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Nancy Roan
EducationAmherst College (BA)
University of Wyoming (JD)

David Duane Freudenthal (/ˈfrdənθɔːl/;[1] born October 12, 1950) is an American attorney, economist, and politician who served as the 31st Governor of Wyoming from 2003 to 2011.


Education and early life[edit]

Dave Freudenthal was born in Thermopolis, the seat of Hot Springs County in north central Wyoming, the seventh of eight children, and grew up on a farm north of town. He graduated in 1973 from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, with a bachelor's degree in economics. After graduating he joined the Department of Economic Planning and Development as an economist and later became the state planning director for Governor Edgar Herschler.

Freudenthal entered the University of Wyoming College of Law, receiving his law degree in 1980, and went into private practice.

Political career[edit]

In 1994, he was appointed United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming upon the recommendation of then-Governor Mike Sullivan. Freudenthal left the post of U.S. Attorney in May 2001.

Freudenthal was elected Governor of Wyoming on November 5, 2002. He was reelected to a second term on November 7, 2006, beating his opponent by nearly 40%. In June 2007, he appointed John Barrasso to the United States Senate following the death of Craig Thomas. Freudenthal announced on March 4, 2010 that he would not attempt to seek a third term as governor.[2]

Despite being a Democrat in one of the most Republican states in the country (John McCain had won 65% of the vote in the previous presidential election[3]), Freudenthal remained consistently popular with his constituents throughout his tenure. As governor he often took rather conservative positions, leading to squabbles with federal officials and environmental groups.[4] His two terms also oversaw an enormous energy boom and surpluses in government revenue, although later on Freudenthal called for cuts to state agencies as growth slowed.[5] In fact, Freudenthal and his eventual Republican successor, Matt Mead, notably held similar positions on various issues.[6]

On April 2, 2008, Freudenthal endorsed Democrat Barack Obama of Illinois for the party's presidential nomination, having cited "Obama's style of leadership and openness to discussion." Obama won the 2008 Wyoming Democratic caucus by a 61.44-37.83 margin over then U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.

After retiring as governor, Freudenthal briefly worked at the law firm of Crowell & Moring as Senior Counsel in the firm's now-defunct Cheyenne, Wyoming office.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Freudenthal is married to Nancy D. Freudenthal, a native of Cody, who serves as a judge on the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming. They have four children: Donald, Hillary, Bret, and Katie.

Electoral history[edit]

Wyoming Gubernatorial Election - 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Dave Freudenthal 135,516 69.89% + 19.93
Republican Ray Hunkins 58,100 29.97%
Wyoming Gubernatorial Election - 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Dave Freudenthal 92,662 49.96%
Republican Eli Bebout 88,873 47.92%
Libertarian Dave Dawson 3,924 2.12%


  1. ^ "Montana Pronunciation Guide". Ap.org. Archived from the original on June 7, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  2. ^ "US News - Mar 04, 2010 - Wyoming Gov. Freudenthal won't seek third term". RealClearPolitics. March 4, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  3. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/15/AR2009021501918.html
  4. ^ http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/outgoing-wyoming-gov-dave-freudenthal-credits-success-to-family-co/article_8d7553bd-07d3-5554-88e4-54352dc8a0fb.html
  5. ^ https://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/us_news/2010/Mar/04/wyoming_gov__freudenthal_won_t_seek_third_term.html
  6. ^ http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/outgoing-wyoming-gov-dave-freudenthal-credits-success-to-family-co/article_8d7553bd-07d3-5554-88e4-54352dc8a0fb.html
  7. ^ "Dave Freudenthal". Crowell & Moring. Archived from the original on August 24, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012.

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
John Vinich
Democratic nominee for Governor of Wyoming
2002, 2006
Succeeded by
Leslie Petersen
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Geringer
Governor of Wyoming
Succeeded by
Matt Mead