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Legislature Leadership Identified

Updated: Dec 21, 2018

The 64th Wyoming Legislature has selected leaders for both chambers and the standing committees in advance of the 2019 Legislative Session.

In a break with tradition, Representative Steve Harshman (R-Casper) will serve a second term as Speaker of the House. The Speaker Pro Tempore will be Rep. Albert Sommers (R-Pinedale) with the Majority Floor Leader Rep. Eric Barlow (R-Gillette) and Majority Whip Rep. Tyler Lindholm (R-Sundance). The House Minority leadership team is unchanged from the last legislature with Rep. Cathy Connolly (D-Laramie) as Minority Floor Leader, Rep Charles Pelkey (D-Laramie) Minority Whip and Rep. John Freeman (D-Green River) as minority caucus leader.

Senator Drew Perkins (R-Casper) will succeed Sen. Eli Bebout (R-Riverton) as Senate President. Sen. Ogden Driskill (R-Devil's Tower) will move into the Senate Vice President position and Sen. Dan Dockstader becomes the Senate Majority Floor Leader. The three Senate Democrats fill the minority positions: Sen Chris Rothfuss continues as Minority Floor Leader, Sen. Lisa Anselmi-Dalton as Minority Whip and Sen. Mike Gierau as minority caucus leader.

Senate Committee Chairman assignments reflect significant changes with only Labor and Education Committees being led by the same Senator. Sen. Tara Nethercott (R-Cheyenne) will take on Judiciary, Sen. Eli Bebout (R-Riverton) will be the Chair of Appropriations, Cale Case (R-Lander) moves from Chair of Corporations to Revenue, Brian Boner (R-Douglas) picks up Agriculture, Sen. Ogden Driskill (R-Devil's Tower) moves from member of Appropriations to Chair of Travel. Sen Bill Landen (R-Casper) steps up as Corporations Chair, Sen. Michael Von Flatern (R-Gillette) moves to Transportation from Minerals which will be chaired by Sen. Jim Anderson (R-Casper)

The House Committee Chair assignments reflect more continuity from the previous session. However, Rep. Dan Zwonitzer (R-Cheyenne) moves from Chair of Corporations to Revenue with Rep. Tyler Lindholm (R-Sundance) succeeding in Corporations. Rep David Miller (R-Riverton) picks up Travel and Rep. Sue Wilson (R-Cheyenne) moves from the Appropriations committee to Chairman of Labor.

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