Mark Gordon who was born on March 14, 1957, is an American politician serving as the 33rd governor of Wyoming. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously served as state treasurer when he was appointed to the position by then-Governor Matt Mead on October 26, 2012, to fill the vacancy created by the death of Joseph Meyer. He was married to Sarah Hildreth Gilmore (married in 1981; died in 1993) and then to Jennie Muir and has 4 children.
Mark Gordon’s Education
Gordon obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree(BA) in History from Middlebury College in 1979.
Mark Gordon’s Personal Life
Mark Gordon is the son of Catherine and Crawford Gordon who are ranchers from Kaycee, Wyoming. His paternal grandmother was Louise Ayer Hatheway. He was raised on his family’s ranch in Johnson County, Wyoming. Gordon met his first wife, the former Sarah Hildreth Gilmore, at Middlebury College. They got married on March 7, 1981, in the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, Massachusetts, where her parents resided. They had two daughters. In 1993, she died in an automobile accident.
Gordon met his current wife, the former Jennie Muir Young in 1998 and they got married in 2000. They own the Merlin Ranch east of Buffalo in Johnson County, Wyoming. In 2009, their ranch received the Society for Range Management Wyoming Section “Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship” award. Gordon has 4 children.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, on 25th November 2020, Gordon tested positive for the virus on the same day his office was to be reopened after an employee of his had tested positive earlier. Gordon’s office remained closed temporarily for deep-cleaning after his diagnosis.
Mark Gordon’s Networth
Mark Gordon is one of the richest Cattle Rancher. His net worth is $1.5 million.
Mark Gordon’s 2008 Congressional Run
Gordon was an unsuccessful candidate in the Republican primary in 2008 for the United States House of Representatives for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district seat held by the retiring Barbara Cubin. His main opponent was Cynthia Lummis, a former state treasurer and the wife of Alvin Wiederspahn, a Democratic former state representative. Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson of Cody, considered a moderate Republican, defended Gordon’s candidacy but was stopped short of an outright endorsement because he was friendly with Lummis. Malcolm Wallop, a Former U.S. senator endorsed Gordon like the late Joseph B. Meyer, who was the state treasurer at the time.
Gordon garnered the endorsements of Wyoming’s two most prominent statewide newspapers, The Casper Star-Tribune and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Although polls and the financial advantage rested with Gordon in the campaign, he lost the nomination to Lummis.
Mark Gordon as the Treasurer of Wyoming
Mark Gordon served as the Treasurer of Wyoming for the years 2012 to 2019. He was made the treasurer on November 1, 2012, by Wyoming Supreme Court Justice William Hill, after Governor Matt Mead selected him. He was elected to a full term as treasurer in 2014.
Mark Gordon as the Governor of Wyoming
Mark Gordon ran for governor of Wyoming in 2018. He won the Republican primary on August 21 and the general election on November 6, defeating Democratic state representative Mary Throne. Gordon was inaugurated on January 7, 2019. Gordon was sworn in on January 7, 2019. In November 2020, during the spike in coronavirus cases, Gordon imposed some restrictions on indoor and outdoor public gatherings. He did not implement curfews, temporarily close any businesses or initially impose a statewide mask mandate. Later in November, he and his wife suffered through the virus attack.
Gordon proposed $500 million in cuts to the Wyoming budget in November 2020 to control the declining revenue from the fossil fuel industry (coal mining), which is important to Wyoming’s economy. On April 2, 2021, he signed a budget passed by the Wyoming legislature that cut $430 million instead of the $500 million Gordon proposed. This was due to improved budget forecasts for the year 2021, supplemental money from the American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Biden. The budget signed by Gordon decreased the amount cut to the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Department of Health.
Mark Gordon’s Twitter and Instagram accounts
Mark Gordon’s Twitter account GovernorGordon has 8633 followers and follows 220 accounts. He maintains an active account posting details of his campaigns. His Instagram account governormarkgordon has 4126 followers and follows 29 accounts.