December 15, 1958|
Scarsdale, New York, U.S.
Colgate University (BA)|
New York University (MBA)
Gary S. Trauner (born December 15, 1958) is a Wyoming businessman and politician, currently a candidate in the 2018 Wyoming U.S. Senate election. He previously served as the Chair of the Teton County School District Number 1 Board of Trustees, and was the Democratic nominee for the United States House of Representatives election in Wyoming in 2006 and 2008.
Trauner was born and raised in Scarsdale, New York and was raised in a Reform Jewish family. He received a bachelor's degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University in New York City. He first visited Wyoming when he was 13 and permanently moved to the state in 1990. He co-founded and served as Chief Financial Officer of OneWest.net, a regional internet service provider, and later served as the Chief Operating Officer for St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson and as Executive Director of Jackson Hole Lacrosse. He previously served as Vice President of the Teton Trust money management company and founded a dog food company. His dog food company, Mulligan Stew Pet Food, received an honorable mention from Fortune Small Business's business plan competition in 2007.
Trauner served on the Teton County School District Number 1 Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2006, eventually rising to Chair of the Board. Trauner was credited with replacing the district's unpopular Superintendent with Pam Shea under whose leadership saw student test scores rise and teacher salaries go up. Trauner is the Chair of the Aspens Pines Water and Sewer District and his term ends in November 2018. In 2017, Aspens Pines Water and Sewer District won the Gold Award from the 18th Annual Great American Water Taste Test for best-tasting water in the nation. In 2013, Trauner received the Silver Award for Best Politician That Does Not Hold an Office in Planet Jackson Hole Newspaper's annual awards as voted by the local community. Additionally, Trauner also serves as Chair of the Charture Institute, a Jackson-based conservation think-tank founded in 2002. He is the former Vice Chair of the Teton County Pathways Task Force, a nine-member citizen advisory committee appointed by the Town and County, and is a member of the Jackson Hole Land Trust.
Trauner ran as the Democratic nominee in the United States House of Representatives election in Wyoming, 2006, and raised nearly as much money in the first quarter of 2006 as the incumbent Representative Barbara Cubin. In the second quarter he raised more money than Cubin and had more cash on hand at the time. By May 2006, a poll had put Trauner within the margin of error. In mid-August, Congressional Quarterly changed their rating of this race from "Republican Favored" to the more competitive "Leans Republican". Trauner lost 47.8% to Barbara Cubin's 48.3%. Trauner ran for again for the seat during the United States House of Representatives election in Wyoming, 2008 and was endorsed by Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal. He lost 2008 with 43% of the vote to Cynthia Lummis' 53%.
2018 Senate election
Trauner is the only candidate running for the Democratic nomination in the United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2018, and as such is likely to face incumbent Senator John Barrasso in the November general election. His goals include "getting big money out of politics," and has pledged not to accept corporate campaign funding from any political action committee. For this reason he has been endorsed by End Citizens United. He has also criticized Senator Barrasso for his vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to "take health care away from 20 million people." He considers "opportunity and inequality" to be the biggest issues facing the nation, and has advocated for diversification of Wyoming's economy.
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- Victor, Jeff (23 February 2018). "Democratic candidate for Senate: 'Opportunity and inequality' biggest issues facing nation". Laramie Boomerang. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
- Davis, Theresa (16 June 2018). "Senate candidate Gary Trauner visits Kemmerer". Kemmemer Gazette. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
- Gary Trauner for Senate official campaign website
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (U.S. House in 2006, 2008) at the Federal Election Commission
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Wyoming