Matthew 'Matt' Hansen Mead

Contact Information

Telephone:307-777-7434 (Main phone number)
Telephone:307-514-6591 (Main campaign number)
Campaign finance

Candidate Background

Birth place:Teton County, WY
Residence:Cheyenne, WY
First Elected:2010


Next Election:2014

Undergraduate education: Trinity University


Graduate education: University of Wyoming


Matt Mead was born in Teton County, Wyo., and currently lives in Cheyenne. He received a bachelor's degree from Trinity University and a law degree from the University of Wyoming.

Mead worked for the Campbell County Attorney's Office before becoming an assistant U.S. attorney in Cheyenne. He worked in private practice in Cheyenne from 1995 to 2001, when President George W. Bush appointed him U.S. attorney for Wyoming.

Mead resigned in 2007 to run successfully for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Craig Thomas.

He worked on family farming and ranching operations before being elected governor in 2010.

Mead and his wife, Carol, have two children.


Matt Mead spent more than $1 million of his own money to win the GOP primary in the governor's race in the summer of 2010. In overwhelmingly Republican Wyoming, it was truly the election that mattered. He went on to beat handily the Democratic candidate, Leslie Peterson.

As governor, Mead has made few waves. He kept many of the senior staff who had been employed by his predecessor, popular two-term Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal.

Mead also has built upon some of Freudenthal's initiatives, successfully working out a deal with U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar that resulted in the federal government turning over wolf management to the state starting in October 2012.

In dealing with the GOP Wyoming Legislature, Mead's tenure has been marked by a few false starts. In his first State of the State speech in early 2011, Mead announced he wanted to earmark some of the state's mineral revenues to support local governments. He didn't run that notion past state lawmakers beforehand, however, and they roundly rejected it.

Mead's administration also tripped up on a proposal to create a new state court system to handle juvenile cases. Mead's office announced it supported the idea, only to retreat after it came under fire from state prosecutors not eager to cede their authority over whether to charge juveniles in either adult or juvenile court.

As governor, Mead has been a vocal opponent of the 2010 health care reform bill, steering Wyoming to join the other states that challenged it. The U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012 upheld most of the law.

Mead attended the 2012 GOP convention and has actively supported Mitt Romney in his bid to unseat President Barack Obama.

Mead served as U.S. attorney for Wyoming from 2001 to 2007. He stepped down to seek a U.S. Senate seat after a vacancy arose, but lost that election bid.

Mead has said he is anti-abortion but endorses a right to choose, especially for health reasons and cases of rape or incest. He's an avid hunter.

Mead is a grandson of Clifford Hansen, the former Wyoming governor and U.S. senator who died in October 2009. His mother, Mary Mead, ran unsuccessfully for governor before her death in a 1996 riding accident.

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Matt Mead won his August 2014 primary, he will face Pete Gosar in November.

(Last updated by The Associated Press on September 5, 2014.)

Last updated 3:16pm March 1, 2018