Wyoming Right. Wyoming Ready.
Mark is a rancher, small businessman, and Wyoming’s State Treasurer. As Treasurer, Mark led a transformation of the office resulting in improved returns on state investments, better protection of state savings, and increased transparency and access to state financial data for the general public.
Growing up on the family ranch in Johnson County, Mark learned the value of hard work, integrity, and the importance of finishing what you start. After graduating from college in 1979, Mark ran several successful businesses in Buffalo and Sheridan including two focused on outdoor recreation and tourism. He later worked in the oil and gas industry.
Mark has ranched since graduating from college. He and his wife, Jennie Muir Gordon, currently work together, with Jennie handling day to day ranch management. They have a cow-calf operation, breeding Angus/Hereford cross cattle and utilizing no-till methods to produce hay.
A recognized national expert in finance, investing, and wealth management, Mark served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 2008 through 2012. There he championed transparency, accountability and private enterprise. Mark has served as Wyoming State Treasurer since October 2012 when he was chosen by the Wyoming Republican Party State Central Committee to fill the seat of Joe Meyer upon his death. He won election in 2014, earning 88% of the vote in the contested Republican primary.
As Treasurer, Mark grew the state’s portfolio by $5 billion. He overhauled and modernized the State Treasurer’s office, ultimately positioning Wyoming to benefit further from investment income in the years to come. His efforts to improve transparency surrounding the state’s financial portfolio resulted in Wyoming being ranked number one in the United States for transparency and third in the world among all sovereign funds.
Nationally, Mark was elected to serve as Western Regional Vice President of the National Association of State Treasurers. He earned recognition three years running for his leadership and expertise. The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute named him one of the “Top 100 Most Significant and Impactful Asset Owners and Public Executives.”
Mark has also been volunteering and serving in leadership positions for important Wyoming causes for nearly forty years. He is currently on the boards of Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, Ucross Foundation and Willow Park Reservoir Company. He was previously on the Johnson County School Board, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, Wyoming Stock Growers Tax Committee, Wyoming Environmental Quality Council, Wyoming Council for the Humanities, Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center, Powder River Conservation District, Johnson County Republican Party and the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture Sheridan Research and Extension Center Advisory Board. He also served as a delegate to the 2016 National Republican National Convention.
Mark and Jennie continue to ranch in Johnson County and are active in their community. They have four grown children, daughters Bea and Anne, son Aaron and his wife Megan and son Spencer and his wife Sarah. As active outdoorsmen, Mark and Jennie enjoy fishing, hunting, climbing, rodeo, skiing and kayaking.