Matt Mead, Wyoming's 32nd Governor, took office in January 2011 and is serving his second term. He was born and raised in Jackson. After earning a law degree from the University of Wyoming, he served as a prosecutor, practiced in a private firm and served as U.S. Attorney. He maintains a farm and ranch business with his wife Carol in southeast Wyoming.
Governor Mead initiated a comprehensive state energy strategy released in 2013 and an innovative state water strategy released in 2015. He moved the entire state to a 100 gigabit broadband network. His rules initiative has resulted in fewer regulations and improved public access to rules. His focus on increasing state competitiveness, for example, through technology, innovation and expansion of business opportunities in numerous economic sectors, has brought national recognition.
Wyoming's accolades include: most business friendly tax climate, third best for new business startup activity, best state to start a business, first in Mountain Region workforce development, best state to make a living, second highest rate of confidence in state government, best state to retire and many more.
Governor Mead has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the National Governors Association and Co-chair of the State and Federal Sage Grouse Task Force. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Western Governor's Association where his Chairman's Initiative, a continuing one, was Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act.
Matt and Carol have been married 25 years and have two teenage children.