Owen Petersen

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Owen Petersen (born November 29, 1942) is a Republican member of the Wyoming State House of Representatives for the 19th district, encompassing Uinta County.[1][2]


Owen Petersen was born on November 19, 1942 in Lyman, Wyoming.[1][2] He received a B.S. in 1965, an M.S. in 1967, and a J.D. in 1974, all from the University of Wyoming.[1][2]

He is a retired military officer.[1][2]

He has been a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives since 2001.[1][2] In 2009, he sponsored HB 74, a bill that would have made marriage contracts from out-of-state valid in Wyoming so long as they involve one man and one woman.[3][4][5][6]

He is a member of the National Rifle Association, the American Legion, the Lions Clubs International, Ducks Unlimited, and the AARP.[1][2] He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[1][2] He is married with three children and seven grandchildren.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Legislature biography
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h House biography
  3. ^ Aaron Leclair, 'Anti-gay marriage bill defeated in Senate', in Laramie Boomerang, March 3, 2011 [1]
  4. ^ Associated Press, 'Wyoming lawmakers take another look at marriage', in Black Hills Fox, 26 December 2010 [2]
  5. ^ Ben Neary, 'Anti-gay marriage bill introduced in Wyoming house', in Dallas Voice, 28 Jan 2009 [3]
  6. ^ Jeremy Pelzer, 'Wyoming House passes anti-gay marriage bill', in Casper Star-Tribune, January 25, 2011 [4]