September 16, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon announced today that the State of Wyoming is seeking state management of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). The State is petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the GYE grizzly bear population, following 46 years and more than $52 million in investment from Wyoming. Grizzly bears, by all measures, have been fully-recovered since 2003.
September 15, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon announced today a two-pronged plan to combat the federal overreach of the Biden Administration in proposing to mandate vaccinations. The first step involves the Attorney General preparing for legal action to stop the Biden-announced vaccine mandate for private employers. The second part of this strategy involves initial discussions with legislative leadership regarding the potential for a very focused and limited special session of the Legislature.
September 10, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon responded forcefully this week to a letter from Congressman James Clyburn which misrepresented Wyoming’s efforts in the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Congressman Clyburn complained of nationwide underspending by the 426 local governments eligible to administer rental assistance.
September 9, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon continues to lead planning efforts on how to most effectively invest in the future of Wyoming. The public engagement and planning process is continuing, as the Governor’s Strike Team prepares recommendations on how best to utilize state funds awarded under the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARP).
September 8, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon is taking steps to address staffing challenges at Wyoming healthcare facilities amidst a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The Governor is deploying Federal funding to provide staffing relief and support for current healthcare staff and to secure traveling medical staff.
September 1, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon’s Colorado River Working Group will hold its first meeting from 9 am to noon on Sept. 7 in Rock Springs. The group will discuss important Colorado River matters and monitor potential impacts to Wyoming. The kickoff meeting will be open to the public and led by the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office.
August 25, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon has responded to a court brief filed by the United States Department of Interior yesterday advising the district court of the next steps in the offshore and onshore oil and gas leasing processes. Interior is currently appealing a June ruling by a federal judge in Louisiana blocking the Biden Administration’s oil and gas leasing “pause”. The Governor issued the following statement:
August 24, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon will join the Wyoming Veterans Commission on behalf of the Wyoming Military Department and other state and local agencies to hold a wreath-laying ceremony on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
August 23, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – As students return to classrooms across the state during a time of increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections, state leaders are describing priorities and expectations for students, staff and families.
August 10, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon has announced his selections for members of the Sublette Mule Deer Migration Corridor Local Area Working Group. This is the third and final working group to convene to address the currently designated migration corridors under Migration Corridor Executive Order 2020-1.
August 4, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Eager to see another successful school year, Governor Mark Gordon is committed to standing behind local school districts as they make decisions on how students can return to the classroom safely. The Governor will not require districts to implement mask mandates.
August 2, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon is leading the State of Wyoming to continue its partnership with the Japan Coal Frontier Organization (JCOAL) in a collaborative effort to promote and strengthen the coal industry. The two entities renewed an MOU in July. The collaboration includes work to develop a Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) test project at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in Gillette.
August 2, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon is pleased to congratulate Michael Lenz of Alpine as the 2021 winner of the Wyoming Governor's Wild Bison raffle. For the second year, Governor Gordon donated a bison license to support Wyoming wildlife conservation.
July 29, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon announced today that the State of Wyoming has joined the State of Texas and 23 other states in filing an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the decision to regulate elective abortions should be left to states. That brief was filed in support of Mississippi in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.
July 27, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon and all of Wyoming mourn the loss of former United States Senator Mike Enzi, who passed away last night from injuries suffered in a bicycle accident in Gillette.
July 20, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – To help prevent potential gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel shortages, Governor Mark Gordon has signed an Executive Order (EO) that puts in place temporary emergency rules for the Wyoming Department of Transportation allowing drivers to make extra fuel deliveries.
July 19, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Today, 10 Republican governors, led by Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, issued a joint statement in opposition to President Biden’s efforts to interfere in the market and forcing financial institutions to restrict capital access for fossil fuel projects in response to recent actions taken by the Biden Administration.
July 16, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon is convening a Colorado River Working Group that will meet regularly to discuss important Colorado River matters and monitor potential impacts to Wyoming. The action comes in response to drought conditions in the Colorado, Green and Little Snake River basins that have led the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to announce drawdowns from Flaming Gorge Reservoir in order to maintain minimum levels at Lake Powell.
July 8, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that Wyoming has been working to offer support to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey in their efforts to secure the United States-Mexico border. The Governor, in collaboration with the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, has been in active negotiations to deploy assets to assist states in addressing the border crisis.
July 6, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon, in consultation with county commissioners, is now accepting applications to serve on the Sublette Mule Deer Migration Corridor Local Area Working Group. In early 2020, Governor Mark Gordon signed Migration Corridor Executive Order 2020-1.
June 29, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon and Secretary of State Ed Buchanan have sent a letter to the National Rifle Association (NRA) inviting the NRA to explore relocation of its Virginia operation to Wyoming.
The letter highlights the state’s business-friendly tax environment, Wyoming’s eager workforce and the population’s strong support for Second Amendment rights.
June 23, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has relaunched the Wyoming Meat Processing Expansion Grant Program (WMPEG). The Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) is now accepting applications for the program, which will continue to provide support for Wyoming meat processing facilities and Wyoming citizens impacted by supply chain disruptions and regional shut-downs of processing facilities resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency.
June 18, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon and First Lady Jennie Gordon, in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Education, have announced the 2020 Wyoming Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award recipients. This award, passed by Congress in 2019 and overseen by the U.S. Department of Education, honors classified school employees who provide exemplary service. First Lady Jennie Gordon presented the award to the two winners, Dawndrea Daly, Food Service Manager with Platte County School District #2; and Gen Sheets, Food Service Director with Park County School District #6.
June 17, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Today, President Biden signed a law creating a federal holiday recognizing Juneteenth. Governor Gordon has also signed a proclamation recognizing the significance of the day, which commemorates the end of slavery, while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures. Wyoming has recognized the Juneteenth holiday since 2003, when the state legislature passed a bill establishing the holiday on the third Saturday of the month.
June 17, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that up to $6.5 million of remaining CARES Act funds will be used to fund capacity expansion at Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites. This will expand opportunities for people to spend time outside in the state, boost tourism and address overcrowding caused by COVID-19.
June 14, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has released the planning framework for how to leverage resources, including federal relief funds, to make sure Wyoming thrives in the years to come. Governor Gordon wants to ensure that funds are spent strategically, to maximize the benefits to the state.
June 9, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced the launch of a new website that will provide detailed, updated information on drought conditions in Wyoming. Developed through a collaboration of multiple state and federal agencies, drought.wyo.gov will be a resource for multiple sectors that monitor drought conditions.
June 8, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that up to $12 million of remaining CARES Act funds will be used to fund the Energy Rebound Program, which is designed to get more people working in the energy industry. In 2020 the Energy Rebound Program provided badly needed capital for specified oil and gas projects, including drilled but uncompleted ventures, workovers, and reclamation of oil and gas wells through the plugging and abandonment process.
June 7, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming and Montana have filed their response to the federal Solicitor General of the United States in their coal port original action case. Governor Gordon directed Wyoming to challenge policies in Washington State to defend Wyoming’s sovereignty. The two states argue that the State of Washington’s discriminatory policies against the coal industry are continuing, and only the Supreme Court of the United States can grant relief to the states.
June 4, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon, Wyoming Senate President Dan Dockstader and Speaker of the House Eric Barlow jointly recognize that Wyoming has a rare opportunity to invest in the future of the state with funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The State has received $534 million in ARPA funds to date, with another $534 million anticipated during 2022. Unlike the short time frame to expend funds received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the State of Wyoming has until December 31, 2024 to obligate the ARPA funds and until December 31, 2026 to spend these funds.
June 3, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon has announced his membership selections for the Baggs Mule Deer Migration Corridor Local Area Working Group pursuant to Migration Corridor Executive Order 2020-1. The Order supports conservation of mule deer and pronghorn, protects landowner rights and accommodates multiple-use opportunities.
June 3, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – TerraPower and PacifiCorp, today announced efforts to advance a Natrium™ reactor demonstration project at a retiring coal plant in Wyoming. The companies are evaluating several potential locations in the state.
May 21, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced the appointment of Darlena Potter to replace Ruth Van Mark as Wyoming's Public Records Ombudsman. Potter has served as Governor Gordon's Constituent Liaison since September of 2019, serving effectively as a conduit that provides assistance to both state agencies and constituents.
May 19, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon has announced the membership of his K-12 Education advisory group, setting in motion an effort to lead Wyoming’s education system into the future. The Reimagining and Innovating the Delivery of Education (RIDE) Advisory Group is tasked to study and develop recommendations for elevating Wyoming’s primary and secondary education system into a position of national leadership.
May 18, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has appointed Deputy Director Stefan Johansson as Interim Director of the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and Information Services Administrator Timothy Sheehan as Interim Chief Information Officer of the Department of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS).
May 17, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has identified the areas on which he will focus to administer federal dollars awarded to the state under the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds provided by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. Wyoming recently received the first half of the state’s allocation.
May 13, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon has recognized the efforts of the Consumer Protection Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office after a joint settlement returned more than $500,000 to the State to support consumer protection enforcement.
May 12, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that Wyoming will end its participation in federal supplemental unemployment benefits in order to address workforce shortages being felt throughout the state. The programs include Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Continued Assistance to Unemployed Workers Act of 2020. The additional payments will no longer be available to claimants as of June 19, 2021.
May 7, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon has issued a directive that prevents state agencies, boards and commissions from requiring “vaccine passports” to access state spaces and state services. The directive instructs state agencies, boards, and commissions to provide full access to state spaces and state services, regardless of a constituent’s COVID-19 vaccination status.
May 6, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has directed the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) to partner to temporarily reopen and operate nine previously closed rest areas for at least the duration of the 2021 tourist season.
May 5, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon is welcoming news that the Federal Reserve has announced the opening of a comment period for proposed “Account Access Guidelines for the Reserve Banks”, a critical step towards approval of Wyoming-chartered special purpose depository institutions (SPDIs).
April 30, 2021
GILLETTE, Wyo. – Wyoming’s Integrated Test Center will host one of two projects selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for Phase III funding of a large-scale pilot carbon capture project. Membrane Technology and Research (MTR) was awarded $51,699,939 from DOE, and with additional non-federal funding, this project will bring over $64 million in research dollars into Wyoming.
April 28, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has expressed his support to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for an upcoming wild horse gather, removal and fertility control program in southern Wyoming’s checkerboard lands in Carbon, Fremont, Lincoln, Sublette, and Sweetwater counties.
April 27, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – During testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today, Governor Mark Gordon stressed the importance of oil and gas leasing on federal lands in Wyoming, and emphasized that the current moratorium is both unnecessary and discriminatory.
April 22, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming has joined Louisiana and 8 other states in a lawsuit to prevent the Biden Administration from implementing an act of job-killing executive overreach that threatens to impose more burdens and harms on the American people.
April 21, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon signed legislation today that officially launches the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) in Wyoming. The program will utilize $200 million in federal funding to cover rent and utility costs for Wyomingites struggling financially due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 16, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon is standing up for Wyoming’s oil and gas industry in a letter to the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. He stated that the cancellation of Federal oil and gas lease sales during a “review” of the program was unnecessary and discriminatory to the people of Wyoming.
April 14, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. Governor Gordon and the Carbon County Commission are accepting applications to serve on the Baggs Mule Deer Migration Corridor Local Area Working Group.
April 8, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Reinforcing his overarching belief in protecting Second Amendment rights in the face of today’s Executive Actions by President Biden, Governor Mark Gordon signed House Bill 236/House Enrolled Act 87- Firearms transactions - financial discrimination into law. The bill prohibits financial institutions and payment processors in Wyoming from discriminating against firearms businesses that support or are “engaged in the lawful commerce of firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition products.”
April 8, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has charged a diverse group of stakeholders with developing a blueprint for the use of federal relief funds that will be distributed to the State of Wyoming and local governments later this year through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Estimates are that the State of Wyoming will receive $1.1 billion.
April 5, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon took action on 32 bills on Monday, April 5. The Governor signed 31 bills into law today and vetoed one bill.
April 2, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon took action on 10 bills on Friday, April 2. The Governor signed 9 bills into law today and vetoed one bill.
March 31, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that beginning today all Wyoming residents ages 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. All 23 counties have now entered Phase 2 of the vaccine distribution plan and are scheduling appointments for the general population.
March 24, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The state of Wyoming filed a lawsuit today challenging the de-facto moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal land issued by President Biden and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. The suit asserts that Haaland’s implementation of the leasing moratorium contained in Executive Order 14008 is invalid under federal law.
March 22, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition has finalized 2020 fundraising numbers and reports raising nearly $1.1 million for Wyoming wildlife conservation efforts. The funds were generated through the sale of the Wyoming Governor's complimentary big game licenses.
March 19, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon announced that the last Wyoming National Guard members serving in Washington DC as part of the Capitol Response mission have returned home.
March 19, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, March 20 Hearty Meat Day in Wyoming. The Governor encourages Wyomingites to purchase and eat beef, lamb and other meat products on this day.
March 19, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has joined a bi-partisan group of Governors in writing a letter of support to Congress on the SCALE Act. Co-sponsored by Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the bill will support the buildout of the infrastructure necessary to transport CO2 from where it is captured to where it can be utilized in manufacturing or safely and securely sequestered underground.
March 18, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming has joined 20 other states in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the decision by the Biden Administration to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The Governor has also issued an executive order requesting the Attorney General evaluate all Presidential and Executive orders for constitutionality and to take actions to protect the rights of Wyoming citizens.
March 17, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Responding to requests from affected counties, and following a thorough review of conditions, Governor Mark Gordon has issued an emergency declaration to facilitate a coordinated response in the aftermath of a severe winter storm that has affected portions of the state.
March 10, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has convened an emergency response team to mitigate impacts and seek solutions to the discovery of invasive zebra mussels in Wyoming. The team, led by Director Brian Nesvik of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Director Doug Miyamoto of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, is working to remove the products that carry zebra mussels and contain their potential spread.
March 8, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon announced Wyoming will remove its statewide mask requirement and allow bars, restaurants, theaters and gyms to resume normal operations on March 16. The decision reflects the state’s continually improving health metrics and is consistent with the Governor’s approach of balancing public health with protecting livelihoods.
March 2, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon emphasized his commitment to Wyoming’s energy economy and its fiscal health in his 2021 State of the State address. He asked the Legislature to think carefully about the balanced budget he presented to them and to position Wyoming for the future when addressing K-12 education funding. The Governor's prepared comments may be found here.
February 26, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon sent the Wyoming Senate his list of nominees for numerous state offices, boards and commissions. These nominees are subject to confirmation by the Senate.
February 25, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon and the Wyoming Department of Health have announced the removal of a health order addressing operations of personal care services, along with a continued relaxing of COVID-19 protocols as Wyoming’s metrics continue to improve.
February 22, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon led a coalition of 17 Republican Governors urging President Joe Biden to withdraw an Executive Order that bans new oil and gas development on federal land and in offshore waters.
February 17, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – In a letter to Department of the Interior Acting Secretary Scott de la Vega, Governor Mark Gordon outlined concerns over de la Vega’s Secretarial Order 3395, which is causing delays in routine approvals for oil and gas companies holding valid drilling permits.
February 13, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon’s Missing & Murdered Indigenous Persons (“M&MIP”) Task Force met on Wednesday, February 17th, to review the findings of Wyoming’s first Murder and Missing Indigineous Persons Statewide Report and to discuss the ongoing documentary project. The recorded meeting is available on the Division’s website: http://ag.wyo.gov/victim-services-home-page.
February 11, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon announced a continued relaxation of health orders as data from most Wyoming counties shows declines in both case counts and hospitalizations. Beginning Feb. 15 attendance limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings will increase, reflecting the state’s progress in its fight against COVID-19.
February 9, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon issued an Executive Order to allow the Wyoming Department of Family Services to begin its preparations to administer the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This allows the State to prepare its distribution plan for this program while providing the opportunity to work with the Legislature on details before launching the program.
February 8, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon signed the first two bills of the eight-day virtual legislative session today. The bills are pieces of legislation that Governor Gordon supported and that provide a boost to the state’s energy, minerals and agricultural industries. The new laws direct the Wyoming Energy Authority to support efforts to expand the state’s rare earth minerals industry and implement recommendations made by his Invasive Species Initiative.
February 3, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Legislature has met virtually over the last week, but starting March 1, state lawmakers will convene a hybrid in-person and remote session. To ensure the safest possible experience for those who must participate, Governor Mark Gordon, President of the Senate Dan Dockstader and Speaker of the House Eric Barlow have committed to a joint plan to ensure increased safety for the session.
January 29, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has issued an Executive Order (EO) directing state agencies to examine the financial impacts of President Biden’s ban on new sales of federal oil and gas leases as well as the potential legal options available to Wyoming.
January 26, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon is slamming plans by the Biden administration to halt the issuing of new oil and gas leases on federal land, calling the decision a misguided approach that will have severe economic consequences to Wyoming and other western states.
January 12, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Gordon emphasized the need for Wyoming to live within its means, defend its energy industry and revitalize education during a message to the legislature delivered during today’s one-day virtual legislative meeting.
January 3, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced a return to normal operating hours for bars and restaurants, praising the response by Wyomingites that has resulted in a decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations around the state. Effective January 9, updated health orders permit bars and restaurants to resume onsite consumption from 10 pm to 5 am. The updated orders also allow gyms to increase the number of participants in group fitness classes from 10 to 25.