Matthew H. Mead was elected Governor in November 2010, with his swearing in as Wyoming’s 32nd governor on January 3, 2011. Born in Jackson, Wyoming, on March 11, 1962, Mead was raised on the family ranch in Teton County. He received a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas in 1984, where he played football, and a law degree from the University of Wyoming, College of Law in 1987. After law school, Mead served as a county prosecutor for Campbell County in Gillette, a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne, a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State, and a Special Assistant United States Attorney. He also practiced law, as a partner in a private firm in Cheyenne, for about six years.
From October 2001 to June 2007, Mead served as United States Attorney for Wyoming. He was recommended for that position by Senator Craig Thomas, appointed by President George W. Bush, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Among his accomplishments as U.S. Attorney, Mead served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force, chaired the Rocky Mountain HIDTA (a multi-state unit focused on illicit drug trafficking), and implemented a program to protect children from exploitation – Project Safe Childhood -- in Wyoming.
Mead is an avid outdoorsman, and he loves to hunt and fish. When he stepped down as U.S. Attorney in June 2007, Governor Mead and his wife, First Lady Carol Mead, devoted themselves to operating their farming and ranching business in southeast Wyoming. The Governor and First Lady have been married 19 years, with Cheyenne as their home. They have two children, Mary and Pete, who attend Cheyenne public schools.
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