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The Wyoming Senate is the upper house of the Wyoming State Legislature. There are 30 Senators in the Senate, representing an equal amount of constituencies across Wyoming, each with a population of at least 17,000. The Senate meets at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne.

Members of the Senate serve four year terms without term limits. Term limits were declared unconstitutional by the Wyoming Supreme Court in 2004, overturning a decade-old law that had restricted Senators to three terms (twelve years).

Like other upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal U.S. Senate, the Wyoming Senate can confirm or reject gubernatorial appointments to the state cabinet, commissions, boards, or justices to the Wyoming Supreme Court.

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Composition of the Senate

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 23 7 30 0
Begin 23 7 30 0
Latest voting share 76.7% 23.3%
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Leadership

Wyoming, along with Arizona, Maine, and Oregon, is one of the four U.S. states to have abolished the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, a position which for most upper houses of state legislatures and indeed for the U.S. Congress (with the Vice President) is the head of the legislative body. Instead, a separate position of Senate President is in place, removed from the Wyoming executive branch.

The current Senate President is Republican John Hines of District 23 (Gillette).

Position Name Party
President of the Senate John Hines Republican
Majority Leader Jim Anderson Republican
Senate Vice President Tony Ross Republican
Minority Leader Kathryn Sessions Democratic
Minority Whip Mike Massie Democratic

Members of the Wyoming Senate

District Representative Party Residence Counties Represented
1 Charles Townsend Republican Newcastle Converse, Crook, Goshen, Niobrara, Weston
2 Jim Anderson Republican Glenrock Converse, Platte
3 Curt Meier Republican LaGrange Goshen, Platte
4 Tony Ross Republican Cheyenne Laramie
5 Mike Hunnicutt Republican Cheyenne Laramie
6 Wayne Johnson Republican Cheyenne Laramie
7 Kathryn Sessions Democratic Cheyenne Laramie
8 Floyd Esquibel Democratic Cheyenne Laramie
9 Mike Massie Democratic Laramie Albany
10 Phil Nicholas Republican Laramie Albany
11 James Elliott, Jr. Democratic Rawlins Albany, Carbon
12 Marty Martin Democratic Superior Fremont, Sweetwater
13 John Hastert Democratic Green River Sweetwater
14 Stan Cooper Republican Kemmerer Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Uinta
15 Ken Decaria Democratic Evanston Uinta
16 Dan Dockstader Republican Afton Lincoln, Sublette, Teton
17 Grant Larson Republican Jackson Fremont, Teton
18 Henry H. R. "Hank" Coe Republican Cody Park
19 R. Ray Peterson Republican Cowley Big Horn, Park
20 Gerald Geis Republican Worland Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, Washakie
21 Bruce Burns Republican Sheridan Sheridan
22 John Schiffer Republican Kaycee Sheridan, Johnson
23 John Hines Republican Gillette Campbell
24 Michael Von Flatern Republican Gillette Campbell
25 Cale Case Republican Lander Fremont
26 Eli Bebout Republican Riverton Fremont
27 Bill Landen Republican Casper Natrona
28 Kit Jennings Republican Casper Natrona
29 Drew Perkins Republican Casper Natrona
30 Charles Scott Republican Casper Natrona

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