Leaders, committee assignments finalized for 67th Legislature

Wyoming Tribune Eagle staff, via the Wyoming News Exchange

CHEYENNE — Members of the Wyoming Senate and House of Representatives selected their respective leaders and finalized committee assignments for the 67th Wyoming Legislature following party caucuses Nov. 19 and 20. 

Members of leadership will be formally confirmed, and newly elected legislators will be sworn in on Jan. 10, beginning at noon, as provided by the Wyoming Constitution. 

That is the day the scheduled 37-day general session begins. 

In the Senate, Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, was nominated for president of the Senate; Sen. Larry Hicks, R-Baggs, was elected Majority Floor Leader; and Sen. Dave Kinskey, R-Sheridan, was elected vice president. 

Sen. Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie, was elected Minority Floor Leader, and Sen. Mike Gierau, D-Jackson, was elected Minority Whip. 

In the House of Representatives, Rep. Albert Sommers, R-Pinedale, was nominated for Speaker of the House; Rep. Chip Neiman, R-Hulett, was elected Majority Floor Leader; Rep. Clark Stith, R-Rock Springs, was elected Speaker Pro Tempore; and Rep. Cyrus Western, Big Horn, was elected Majority Whip. 

Rep. Mike Yin, D-Jackson, was elected Minority Floor Leader; Rep. Karlee Provenza, D-Laramie, was elected Minority Whip; and Rep. Trey Sherwood, DLaramie, was elected Minority Caucus Chairman. 

The following Senate committee assignments have been made for the 2023-24 biennium: 

  • Judiciary: Bill Landen, chairman; Cale Case; Ed Cooper; Dan Furphy; and Wendy Schuler 
  • Appropriations: Dave Kinskey, chairman; Jim Anderson; Mike Gierau; Tara Nethercott; and Tim Salazar Revenue: Bo Biteman, chairman; Tim French; Bob Ide; Troy McKeown; and Stephan Pappas Education: Charles Scott, chairman; Bo Biteman; Evie Brennan; Chris Rothfuss; and Cheri Steinmetz 
  • Agriculture: Cheri Steinmetz, chairman; Tim French; Larry Hicks; Bob Ide; and John Kolb 
  • Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources: Wendy Schuler, chairman; Fred Baldwin; Affie Ellis; Mike Gierau; and Stacy Jones
  • Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions: Cale Case, chairman; Eric Barlow; Brian Boner; Bill Landen; and Charles Scott 
  • Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs: Brian Boner, chairman; Evie Brennan; Dan Furphy; John Kolb; and Stephan Pappas
  • Economic Development: Dan Dockstader, chairman; Ed Cooper; Affie Ellis; Stacy Jones; and Chris Rothfuss.
  • Labor, Health and Social Services: Fred Baldwin, chairman; Eric Barlow; Anthony Bouchard; Dan Dockstader; and Lynn Hutchings

The following House committee assignments have been made for the 2023-24 biennium: 

  • Judiciary: Art Washut, chairman; Barry Crago; Ken Chestek; Jeremy Haroldson; Mark Jennings; Tony Niemiec; Ember Oakley; Karlee Provenza; and Rachel Rodriguez-Williams 
  • Appropriations: Bob Nicholas, chairman; Bill Henderson; Lloyd Larsen; Trey Sherwood; Clark Stith; Tom Walters; and Dave Zwonitzer Revenue: Steve Harshman, chairman; John Bear; Andrew Byron; Tony Locke; David Northrup; Ember Oakley; Liz Storer; Tomi Strock; and Dan Zwonitzer 
  • Education: David Northrup, chairman; Lane Allred; Ocean Andrew; Ryan Berger; Landon Brown; Ken Clouston; Martha Lawley; Jerry Obermueller; and Karlee Provenza 
  • Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources: John Eklund, chairman; Bill Allemand; Lane Allred; Dalton Banks; Jon Conrad; Barry Crago; Bob Davis; Allen Slagle; and John Winter 
  • Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources: Sandy Newsome, chairman; Abby Angelos; Donald Burkhart; Andrew Byron; J.T. Larson; Daniel Singh; Liz Storer; Cyrus Western; and John Winter 
  • Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions: Jared Olsen, chairman; Forrest Chadwick; Jeremy Haroldson; Steve Harshman; Christopher Knapp; Sandy Newsome; Pepper Ottman; Cody Wylie; and Mike Yin 
  • Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs: Landon Brown, chairman; Ryan Berger; Tony Niemiec; Jerry Obermueller; Kevin O’Hearn; Ken Pendergraft; Scott Smith; Clarence Styvar; and Cody Wylie 
  • Minerals, Business and Economic Development: Donald Burkhart, chairman; Dalton Banks; Jon Conrad; Scott Heiner; Christopher Knapp; J.T. Larson; Martha Lawley; Reuben Tarver; and Cyrus Western 
  • Labor, Health and Social Services: Dan Zwonitzer, chairman; Forrest Chadwick; Ken Clouston; Ben Hornok; Kevin O’Hearn; Sarah Penn; Tamara Trujillo; Jeanette Ward; and Mike Yin 

Around 100 additional assignments for select committees, task forces and miscellaneous committees will be made available in March, following the legislative session, according to a news release from the Legislative Service Office. 

For more information about the upcoming session, which is scheduled to end March 3, visit wyoleg.gov. As they are filed, bills to be considered during the session can be found at https:// wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2023


This story was published on Dec. 5, 2022.


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