Service will be held at at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1908 Central Avenue. Public is invited and seating available on a first come basis.
Ceremony will take place at the State Capitol, 200 West 24th Street, with all five statewide Elected Officials. Inaugural Address by Governor Mark Gordon. Public invited with limited reserved seating. Live feed will be available.
Reception will take place at the State Capitol and Capitol Connector, 200 West 24th Street.
Gala will be held at the Little America Hotel and Resort, 2800 West Lincolnway. This is a ticketed public event with sponsorship opportunities available.
Mark Gordon was elected Wyoming’s 33rd Governor, on Nov. 6, 2018. He was sworn into office on January 7, 2019 and re-elected on November 8, 2022.
Mark Gordon grew up on the family ranch in Wyoming where he learned the values of hard work and integrity and the importance of working together. As Governor, he brings those values to the table, maintaining his commitment to a Wyoming where its citizens can pursue their dreams while the state retains its unique character. He is a strong believer that Wyoming must chart its own course, and a steadfast defender of its interests to do so.
As a conservative, Governor Gordon has worked tirelessly to set Wyoming on a sustainable fiscal path. He is committed to making government more transparent, accessible, productive and efficient. He believes government is best when it is closest to the people, and is committed to giving local communities the tools they need to thrive. He is a staunch advocate of quality education for all children from bottom to top, K-12 through all forms of post-secondary education, private and public.
Governor Gordon served as Wyoming State Treasurer from October 2012 until January 2019 when he was sworn in as Governor. He was ranked 57th among the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s “most significant and impactful public investor executives” in 2013. During his time in office, he transformed and modernized the management of the state’s financial portfolio, leading in 2016 to Wyoming earning the No. 1 ranking in the United States and No. 3 in the world among all sovereign funds by the Peterson Institute.
Frist elected Governor in 2018, he has successfully led Wyoming through two of its most significant challenges in decades: the COVID-19 crisis and the most significant decline in mineral revenue in the state’s history. He has spearheaded efforts to diversify all sectors of Wyoming’s economy, including technology, finance, agriculture, energy, including carbon capture and sequestration, research, education and tourism. He is dedicated to continuing to make the state a darn good place to raise kids.
Governor Gordon and his wife Jennie have four grown children – Anne; Aaron; Bea with husband Austen and their son Crawford; and Spencer with wife Sarah, their son Everett, and twin daughters Violet and Eloise.
Kristi Racines was born in Casper, a 4th generation Wyomingite. As a child, her father’s work in the oil and gas industry took the family from Bar Nunn to Evanston and eventually to Riverton, where both of Kristi’s parents were raised.
After attending high school in Riverton, Kristi went to the University of Wyoming, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in accounting and Spanish. She accepted a job with the public accounting firm of McGee, Hearne, & Paiz in Cheyenne and shortly after became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Performing in-depth audits of small Wyoming businesses, nonprofits, and governmental entities gave Kristi a critical understanding of accounting principles, financial statements, internal controls, business processes, and federal funds management. Specifically, she worked on the audits of the State of Wyoming, the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Business Council, and several of Wyoming’s community colleges.
Kristi began her public service career with the Wyoming’s judicial branch, and ultimately served as the Chief Fiscal Officer and Director of Human Resources for Wyoming’s judiciary. In that role, she prepared and managed a statewide budget of approximately $80 million, monitored and approved payments for the state courts in all 23 counties and oversaw the human resources affairs of over 300 employees. As a liaison with the legislature for all financial aspects of the court system, she is familiar with legislative process and has a keen eye for the budgetary issues our state is facing.
Kristi served on the State Employee Compensation Commission, and was appointed to the inaugural Government Efficiency Commission in 2017. The work of this commission resulted in legislation during the 2018 session dealing with cost-saving initiatives and streamlining of state operations.
Since being elected as Wyoming’s 21st State Auditor in November 2018, Kristi immediately acted on her campaign commitment to transparency. She inherited a public records lawsuit from her predecessor, and within 30 days produced and turned over six years’ worth of State spending data. The lawsuit was quickly dismissed, saving taxpayers thousands in legal fees. Six months into her term, Kristi debuted wyopen.gov – Wyoming’s online checkbook. This groundbreaking website provides expenditure data for the state on a daily basis and has had 200,000 visits since inception.
When serving on the State Loan and Investment Board and the Board of Land Commissioners, she quickly gained a reputation as bringing a sharp fiscal eye, a commitment to the rule of law, and a voice of reason to critical issues.
Kristi is proud to serve for a decade on the board of Goodwill of Wyoming, which serves adults with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. She is a past board member of the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board, Cheyenne Respite, and is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming.
An avid sportswoman, Kristi enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, and camping. She hunts antelope, deer, elk, and turkey, and has had the great fortune of drawing and harvesting a bison, mountain goat, and moose in recent years. She lives in Cheyenne with her husband Torey and their two children, Addie and Theo.
The Honorable Curtis E. Meier, Jr. was sworn in as the 31st Treasurer of the State of Wyoming on January 7th, 2019.
Prior to his election, Treasurer Meier served in the Wyoming State Senate for 24 years. Curt’s background in business became an asset to the State of Wyoming as he fulfilled a wide range of legislative committee assignments:
State Treasurer Advisory Committee during the terms of former Treasurer Cynthia Lummis and Joe Meyer.
Curt has been recognized by numerous organizations for the work he has done for the citizens of Wyoming, including the distinguished Patrick Henry Award from the Wyoming National Guard Association for his “outstanding and exceptional service to the armed forces.”
Throughout his career as an elected official, Treasurer Meier has established himself as a champion of the Wyoming and U.S. Constitution, a strong advocate for the rule of law, and a gatekeeper for taxpayer dollars.
In addition to his public service, Curt is also a successful businessman, operating a farm and ranch in his hometown of La Grange, and formerly owned and operated an irrigation business.
A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Curt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. His wife, Charlene, a dedicated elementary school teacher retired after 45 years in Goshen County, after the end of the 2019 school year.
Megan Degenfelder was elected Wyoming’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction in November of 2022.
She grew up in a 6-generation ranching family in Casper and graduated from the University of Wyoming with bachelor degrees in Economics and Political Science, and from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China with a master’s degree in Economics.
Prior to her election as State Superintendent, Megan served under Superintendent Jillian Balow as Chief Policy Officer at the Department of Education. Megan also has years of experience in the mineral industry, working in regulatory and government affairs for both coal and oil and gas. Megan volunteers on several Wyoming non-profit boards and as coach of the University of Wyoming women’s rugby team. She enjoys hunting, trap shooting and hiking. She and her husband, Bryan Dugas, live in Laramie.