Legislative Update, Nov. 17

Hello Sublette County, this is Albert

Sommers, reporting to you from the

House Republican Caucus of the 65th

Legislature, which was held in Casper on

Nov. 17.

After each general election the House

and Senate Republicans and Democrats

meet in their respective caucuses to

choose their leadership for the next two

years. The House Republicans met and

chose Steve Harshman of Casper as their

Speaker of the House candidate. Rep.

Harshman served as Speaker of the House

last term as well; this is the first time in

more than 100 years that a speaker has

served for more than one term. Speaker

Harshman has an exceptional grasp of

Wyoming’s budget, and I believe he was

the right person for the job.

Eric Barlow from Campbell County

was selected as the majority floor leader,

which puts him in charge of managing the

flow of bills through the House. I am the

Republican nominee for speaker pro tem;

I will stand in for the speaker when he is

off of the floor, as well as help develop

communications for the House. Speaker

pro tem is the third highest level of leadership

in the House. Tyler Lindholm of

Sundance was chosen as the House majority

whip, which is the position I held

this last term.

Speaker and speaker pro tem are Constitutional

offices that are chosen by the

entire House, which means that on the

first day of session, Rep. Harshman and

myself will be voted on by both Republicans

and Democrats. House majority

floor leader and majority whip are strictly

Republican House offices that had a final

vote today. After the recent election,

there are 50 Republicans, nine Democrats,

and one Independent in the House,

which means that Rep. Harshman and I

will likely be elected.

Sen. Dan Dockstader of Afton represents

the northern portion of Sublette

County and was chosen as majority floor

leader of the Senate. This means Sublette

County will have representation in the

leadership of both the House and Senate.

Congrats, Dan!