Guy Padgett

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Guy Padgett
Mayor of Casper, Wyoming
In office
Preceded by Barbara E. Watters
Succeeded by Renee R. Burgess
Member, Casper City Council
In office
Succeeded by Glenn Januska
Personal details
Born (1977-08-20) August 20, 1977 (age 39)
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Wyoming (B.A.)
University of Denver (Korbel School) (M.A.)

Guy V. Padgett III (born 1977) is a former American municipal politician from Wyoming. A member of the Casper, Wyoming City Council from 2003 to 2009, he was mayor of Casper from 2005 to 2006.[1][2] He is a Democrat.

He came out as gay while on the city council in 2003, becoming the state's first openly gay elected official.[3] Despite Wyoming's reputation for being politically conservative and the murder of Casper native Matthew Shepard in nearby Laramie in 1998, Padgett was unanimously elected mayor by the council in 2005. He reportedly enjoyed great popularity among his constituents, including support from prominent Republican Party politicians such as Alan K. Simpson. In addition he was, at 27, Casper's youngest mayor.[4]

He was re-elected to the city council in 2006; he resigned his seat June 30, 2009, upon admission to a master's degree program at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.[5] His resignation left only one openly gay elected official in Wyoming: state representative Cathy Connolly (D–Laramie).


  1. ^ "The New Face Of Gay Power". TIME. October 13, 2003. 
  2. ^ "Airport Manager Joins City Council". Casper Journal. July 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Very Much At Home: A Gay Mayor In Wyoming". The New York Times. December 15, 2005. p. 34 (section A). 
  4. ^ "Don't Ask, Don't Dare Tell". Casper Star-Tribune. October 6, 2003. 
  5. ^ "Meet Guy Padgett" (PDF). Admitted Student Profiles. University of Denver. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara E. Watters
Mayor of Casper
Succeeded by
Renee R. Burgess