Mark Gordon, sworn in as 33rd Wyo. Governor

Gov. Mark Gordon is sworn into office by Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Davis during inauguration ceremonies in Cheyenne on Monday. WYOMING TRIBUNE EAGLE/Jacob Byk

CHEYENNE — Fiscal discipline, economic development, and improving Wyoming people’s quality of life in were the main topics of newly sworn in Governor Mark Gordon’s State of the State Address to the 65th Wyoming Legislature Wednesday morning.

“I have to say the enthusiasm we have felt over the past couple of days should give us all optimism for our future,” Governor Gordon said in his remarks. “We are a resourceful people in an amazing state at an important time in our state’s history. Let’s make the most of it…”

Governor Gordon lauded the Wyoming Legislature for their willingness to serve and commitment to the state.

“You are a true citizen legislature and represent the fabric of Wyoming: Real people with real concerns, real jobs and real families,” he said.

Roughly 48 hours after giving his first speech as Wyoming’s chief executive, Gov. Mark Gordon visited the Legislature to lay out a more detailed vision for the state, pledging new efforts to diversify the state’s economy, stabilize Wyoming’s finances and boost its energy sector while protecting its natural resources.

But he also left a number of questions on the table, leaving those who were present a gentle reminder that his goals cannot be accomplished without cooperation from both houses of the state legislature.

In all, the governor said the state of the state was “strong,” and though it faces challenges in regards to volatility in its chief industries 

– oil, gas and coal in particular – the governor expressed optimism about the potential to capitalize on other means to expand the state economy, including tourism, workforce development and a greater commitment toward the state’s investment in natural resources.

The recorded speech and prepared comments of the State of the State Address will be available at https://governor.wyo.gov/.


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