Mark Gordon (politician)

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Mark Gordon
Mark Gordon Headshot.jpg
33rd Governor of Wyoming
Assumed office
January 7, 2019
Preceded byMatt Mead
29th Treasurer of Wyoming
In office
November 1, 2012 – January 7, 2019
GovernorMatt Mead
Preceded byJoseph Meyer
Succeeded byCurt Meier
Personal details
Born (1957-03-14) March 14, 1957 (age 61)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Sarah Hildreth Gilmore
(m. 1981; died 1993)

Jennie Muir (m. 2000)
Children4
ResidenceGovernor's Mansion
EducationMiddlebury College (BA)

Mark Gordon (born March 14, 1957) is an American politician currently serving as the 33rd Governor of Wyoming. Gordon previously served as Wyoming's treasurer. A Republican, he was appointed to the position of Treasurer by governor Matt Mead on October 26, 2012, to fill the vacancy created by the death of Joseph B. Meyer. In 2018, he won the state's gubernatorial election, defeating Democratic state representative Mary Throne.[1]

Background[edit]

Gordon is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Crawford Gordon, ranchers from Kaycee[2] in Johnson County, located in northern Wyoming. Reared on the Gordon Ranch, Gordon is still affiliated with the 48 Ranch Partnership in Kaycee.

He graduated from St. Paul's School, an Episcopalian boarding school in Concord, New Hampshire, and Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, where he met his first wife, the former Sarah Hildreth Gilmore. The couple married on March 7, 1981 in the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, Massachusetts, where her parents resided.

After graduating from college in 1979, he returned to Wyoming and worked on his family ranch before starting his own operation. Mark ran several successful businesses in Buffalo and Sheridan including two operations focused on outdoor recreation and tourism. He later worked in the oil and gas industry. In 1993, Gordon's first wife died in an automobile accident.[3] After his wife was killed he focused on raising his two daughters who were four and two-years old at the time.

Gordon met his current wife, the former Jennie Muir Young, in 1998 and they were married in 2000. Together they own the Merlin Ranch east of Buffalo, also in Johnson County, Wyoming. In 2009, their ranch received the Society for Range Management Wyoming Section "Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship" award.[4] They have four grown children: two sons and two daughters.

Gordon has been volunteering and serving in leadership positions for important Wyoming causes for nearly forty years. He is currently on the boards of Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, Ucross Foundation and Willow Park Reservoir Company. He was previously on the Johnson County School Board, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, Wyoming Stock Growers Tax Committee, Wyoming Environmental Quality Council, Wyoming Council for the Humanities, Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center, Powder River Conservation District, Johnson County Republican Party and the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture Sheridan Research and Extension Center Advisory Board.[5]

Congressional race[edit]

In 2008, Gordon was an unsuccessful candidate in the Republican primary for the United States House of Representatives for the at-large seat now held by fellow Republican Cynthia Lummis, also a former state treasurer and the wife of a Democratic former state representative, Alvin Wiederspahn.[6] Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson of Cody, considered a moderate Republican, defended Gordon's candidacy though he stopped short of an outright endorsement because he is also friendly with Lummis. Nevertheless, former U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop did endorse Gordon as did the late Joseph B. Meyer, who was serving as state treasurer at the time.[7]

In the primary, Gordon garnered the endorsements of the Wyoming's two most prominent statewide newspapers: The Casper Star-Tribune[8] and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.[9] Though polls and the financial advantage rested with Gordon in the primary campaign, he nevertheless lost the party nomination to Lummis.[10]

State Treasurer[edit]

Governor Mead said that his selection of Gordon as the state treasurer over two other candidates proposed by the Wyoming Republican State Central Committee is based on Gordon's financial background and his long-term commitment to the state. The treasurer manages the state's $15 billion in investments. Severance taxes on energy production are particularly important to the state budget.[6][11]

Gordon was sworn in as treasurer on November 1, 2012, by Wyoming Supreme Court Justice William Hill.[11][12]

Gordon was elected to a full term as treasurer in the 2014 Republican primary election.[11]

Mark Gordon at Campbell County League of Women Voters' General Election Candidates' Forum in Gillette, Wyoming

Under Gordon's leadership, Wyoming's portfolio has grown from $15 billion to nearly $21 billion.[13] Nationally, Mark was elected to serve as Western Regional Vice President of the National Association of State Treasurers. He has earned recognition three years running for his leadership and expertise.[5] The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute named him one of the "Top 100 Most Significant and Impactful Asset Owners and Public Executives." [14] In 2016, under Gordon's leadership, Wyoming's portfolio was ranked 3rd in the world for transparency by the Peterson Institute for International Economics.[15]

As State Treasurer, Gordon has had success modernizing and professionalizing the Office of State Treasurer. Working with voters and the Wyoming Legislature, Gordon helped craft an amendment to Wyoming's Constitution which would allow the Legislature to designate certain funds of the State to be invested in stocks as well as bonds. The amendment passed in 2016.[16]

Governor of Wyoming[edit]

Gordon declined to run for Cynthia Lummis's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016, the same seat he ran for in 2008, and instead ran for Governor of Wyoming in 2018. He won the Republican primary and then the general election.

Electoral history[edit]

Wyoming Congressional At-Large District Republican Primary Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cynthia Lummis 33,149 46.24
Republican Mark Gordon 26,827 37.42
Republican Bill Winney 8,537 11.91
Republican Michael Holland 3,171 4.42
Wyoming Treasurer Republican Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Gordon (inc.) 75,095 88.09
Republican Ron Redo 9,945 11.67
Republican Write-ins 206 0.24
Wyoming Treasurer Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Gordon (inc.) 138,831 99.10
Write-ins Write-ins 1,262 0.90

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reynolds, Nick (2018-11-07). "Wyoming governor-elect Gordon outlines vision for his first year in office". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  2. ^ https://statetreasurer.wyo.gov/TreasurerBio.aspx
  3. ^ https://www.geni.com/people/Sarah-Hildreth-Gordon/1869026
  4. ^ http://wyomingwomensantelopehunt.org/media/merlin-ranch-sponsors-wyoming-womens-antelope-hunt/
  5. ^ a b https://statetreasurer.wyo.gov/assets/Mark-Gordon-Bio-&-Photo.pdf
  6. ^ a b "Trevor Brown, "Mead selects treasurer"". Wyoming Tribune Eagle, October 27, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  7. ^ Wyoming public Media. 2008-07-18 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sen-wallop-endorses-mark-gordon. Retrieved 1 January 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Gordon has Edge in Republican Primary". Casper Star Tribune. 2008-08-17. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  9. ^ "US House (GOP) Recommendation". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. 8/11/2008. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ "Marguerite Herman, "Gordon's run for Congress draws criticism", May 2008". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  11. ^ a b c "Mark Gordon takes oath as Wyoming treasurer". Gillette, Wyoming, News Record. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  12. ^ "Doug Randall, "Gordon sworn in as treasurer"". kgab.com. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  13. ^ https://statetreasurer.wyo.gov/Reports.aspx
  14. ^ https://www.swfinstitute.org/public-investor-100-2015/
  15. ^ https://piie.com/system/files/documents/pb16-18.pdf
  16. ^ https://www.sheridanmedia.com/news/state-treasurer-gordon-reacts-passage-constitutional-amendment89758

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