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Gordon Applauds Wyoming Leadership on Blockchain Technology

Treasurer Points to Potential for Blockchain & Financial Sector Growth In Near Future

Laramie, Wyoming – Treasurer Mark Gordon applauded Wyoming legislators Thursday for their leadership in implementing legislation to drive Blockchain technology and virtual currencies at the first meeting of the Blockchain Task Force in Laramie Wednesday morning.  Wyoming’s State Treasurer noted the uptick in registration for trust companies in the state of Wyoming in recent months as a result of strong state leadership exerted in both the finance and technology sector.

Gordon’s comments at Thursday’s meeting were as follows:

“Thank you so much for giving me this brief opportunity this morning.

First and foremost, I would like to applaud the Wyoming Legislature and the incredible leaders on this task force. Chairman Lindholm, Chairman Driskill, and Representative Olsen are really the reason we are sitting here today. As we all know, they championed and successfully passed a suite of legislation that has opened the doors to drive a new industry here in Wyoming.

Wyoming is now not only positioned to be a national leader in this growing economy, but to really blaze a trail for virtual currencies and Blockchain technology.

I’d also like to thank you the Secretary of State’s office for their leadership in really taking on the implementation and regulation of this technology in a very short time. Deputy Secretary of State Karen Wheeler, in particular, has done a magnificent job over the past several months and I really applaud her work.

I will keep my comments brief, but I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about one particular law, and a piece of this Blockchain technology puzzle, that I think is especially important. House Bill 70 is an important new law in Wyoming that exempts utility tokens from security laws. This is really pioneering legislation as no other state has regulated Initial Coin Offerings (ICO’s) up until now. Wyoming is first in the nation, and it is now driving companies to our state.

This law is especially important because it exercises Wyoming’s right under the 10th Amendment to regulate property. This is federalism at its finest. Regulation of ICO’s is within the purview of individual state’s and Wyoming’s law sets an important precedent for exerting our authority as a state.

I also see enormous opportunity for Wyoming to be ground zero for the development and advancement of utility tokens. Utility tokens have the potential to be another tool to raise capital to bring new technology to the marketplace. Pioneering new secure settlement systems can have benefits for a wide array of sectors, some very important to Wyoming’s legacy industries like agriculture and energy. This is just another way Wyoming can lead the way as we work towards a more integrated energy system.

As Treasurer, let me point out that as with anything new there are going to be growing pains that we can expect from cryptocurrencies that have experienced significant volatility as they have worked to become established. Therefore, our office does not intend to invest in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies until we can be assured that they can be considered a prudent investment. As for Blockchain, however, we are working to keep abreast of developments and look forward to the adoption of this incredible technology in the financial sector.

Chairman Lindholm and Chairman Driskill, members of the Blockchain Task Force, thank you again for your tremendous work on this important issue. I, like the rest of Wyoming, am looking forward to seeing where this takes our state and economy in the very near future. Thank you.”

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About Mark

Mark Gordon is a rancher, small businessman, and Wyoming’s State Treasurer. He grew up on the family ranch in Johnson County. After graduating from college, 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 and his wife, Jennie Muir Gordon, currently work together, with Jennie handling day to day management of their ranch. They have four grown children, daughters Bea and Anne, son Aaron and his wife Megan, and son Spencer and his wife Sarah.

Serving as Wyoming Treasurer since 2012, Gordon has led a transformation of how the state invests its significant funds. He has focused on growing state investment returns, safeguarding state savings and improving transparency and access to the general public. He has demonstrated the ability to do less with more, leading a small staff to make significant and lasting changes to the state’s investment arm. Gordon grew state investments by over $1 billion last year, delivering the fund’s best performance above the state’s benchmark in ten years. As a result, Wyoming citizens saved $1,500 per person in taxes.

Gordon also led efforts to improve transparency surrounding the state’s financial portfolio resulting in Wyoming earning the number one ranking in the United States for transparency among all sovereign funds.

Mark Gordon Announces Statewide Campaign Committee

Campaign Team Includes Community Leaders from Every Wyoming County

Everywhere, Wyoming – With a focus on campaigning town-by-town and county-by-county, Treasurer Mark Gordon announced his statewide campaign leadership committee today with community leaders from every county in Wyoming.

“Every Wyoming community faces their own challenges and presents their own opportunities,” said Gordon. “Having boots-on-the-ground advice from community leaders, small business owners, parents and local experts is invaluable. From Lovell to Laramie, Thermopolis to Torrington, I’m committed to hearing firsthand about the issues most important to every community in Wyoming.”

Gordon continued, “the momentum we’ve built in every community across Wyoming has been incredible. Team Gordon is growing each and every day. I am honored by the support I have received and look forward to working with our statewide team in the coming months.”

The following individuals will serve as County Chairs for Gordon’s 2018 campaign for Governor, making up a statewide leadership team that will lead volunteer teams in each county, which are growing daily. County Chairs will help with outreach and education in their respective communities and advise Gordon on the issues most important to their counties. Volunteer teams in each county are growing daily.

ALBANY COUNTY

Rob and Mary Garland

Baillie Miller

BIG HORN COUNTY

Stan and Mary Flitner

Becky and Jack Lindsey

CAMPBELL COUNTY

Shaun and Alison Gee

CARBON COUNTY

Jim Espy

John and Diana Espy

Copper and Tara France

CONVERSE COUNTY

Frank and Elaine Moore

Doug Frank

CROOK COUNTY

Steve and Kathy Lenz

FREMONT COUNTY

Judy and Don Legerski

Mike Hays

GOSHEN COUNTY

Bill and Betty Law

Chuck Kenyon

HOT SPRINGS COUNTY

Jim and Terry Wilson

JOHNSON COUNTY

Bill Novotny (Honorary Finance Chair)

Jim Hicks

Connie and Mike Lohse (Statewide Honorary Chairs)

Laci and Ben Schiffer

Nancy Schiffer

LARAMIE COUNTY

Mary O. Meyer (Statewide Honorary Chair)

Peter and Chloe Illoway

Mark Eisele

Patrick and Rebekah Fitzgerald

Chris Lummis

Max and Gayla Maxfield

Leigh Vosler and Chris Allen

LINCOLN COUNTY

Kathy Tomassi

Kevin Voyles

John Bowers

NATRONA COUNTY

Peter and Marla Wold (Chairman)

Susan Thomas (Statewide Honorary Chair)

Jack Lenhart (Treasurer)

Susan Stubson

Mark Doelger

Riata Little

NIOBRARA COUNTY

Gene and Joan Lenz

PARK COUNTY

  • U.S. Senator Al and Ann Simpson (Statewide Honorary Chairs)
  • Jim Nielson and Anne Young (Statewide Honorary Chairs)
  • Steven and Dana Taggart Cranfill

PLATTE COUNTY

  • Judy Horton
  • Juan Reyes

SHERIDAN COUNTY

  • Isabel Wallop (Statewide Honorary Chair)
  • Mandy Moody Phillips
  • Tony and Deb Wendtland
  • Charley and Penny Whiton

SUBLETTE COUNTY

  • Carrie and Bill Budd
  • Nancy Espenscheid

SWEETWATER COUNTY

  • John Hay III (Honorary Statewide Chair)
  • Bonnie Cannon
  • Cindy Johnson
  • Margaret Parry
  • Ron and Sonja Wild

TETON COUNTY

  • Clarene and Creed Law (Honorary Statewide Chairs)
  • Mark Barron and Ruth Ann Petroff
  • Diana and Doyle Vaughan
  • Jackie Montgomery
  • Steve Meadows

UINTA COUNTY

  • Deborah and David Bassett

WASHAKIE COUNTY

  • Gard Ferguson
  • Ron Harvey

WESTON COUNTY

  • Bill and Marcia Lambert

Gordon has also opened campaign offices in Cheyenne, Casper, and Buffalo. The public is encouraged to contact the offices and stop by to pick up campaign materials. Campaign office locations are:

Gordon for Governor Buffalo Office

112 W. Angus Street

Buffalo, WY 82834

Gordon for Governor Cheyenne Office

223 East 19th Street

Cheyenne, WY 82001

Gordon for Governor Casper Office

139 W. 2nd Street, Suite 1A

Casper, WY 82601

For additional information on Gordon’s campaign for Governor, visit www.gordonforwyoming.com.

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About Mark

Mark Gordon is a rancher, small businessman, and Wyoming’s State Treasurer. He grew up on the family ranch in Johnson County. After graduating from college, 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 and his wife, Jennie Muir Gordon, currently work together, with Jennie handling day to day management of their ranch. They have four grown children, daughters Bea and Anne, son Aaron and his wife Megan, and son Spencer and his wife Sarah.

Serving as Wyoming Treasurer since 2012, Gordon has led a transformation of how the state invests its significant funds. He has focused on growing state investment returns, safeguarding state savings and improving transparency and access to the general public. He has demonstrated the ability to do more with less, leading a small staff to make significant and lasting changes to the state’s investment arm. Gordon grew state investments by over $1 billion last year, delivering the fund’s best performance above the state’s benchmark in ten years. As a result, Wyoming citizens saved $1,500 per person in taxes.

Gordon also led efforts to improve transparency surrounding the state’s financial portfolio resulting in Wyoming earning the number one ranking in the United States for transparency among all sovereign funds.

Gordon Lauds WY Game & Fish Decision on Grizzly Bear Hunting

Cheyenne, Wyoming – Treasurer Mark Gordon released the following statement today after the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted to allow limited hunting of grizzly bears in Wyoming for the first time in 40 years.

“As a lifelong Wyoming sportsman and rancher, I applaud the Wyoming Game and Fish Commissioners for their thoughtful decision today. This is the right approach for Wyoming – it is based in science, reflects the opinion of Wyoming people and incorporates provisions to maintain our strong tourism economy. With this conservative policy developed by the Game and Fish Department, we can keep the population of grizzlies healthy and try to reduce conflicts to keep residents and visitors safe.”

“This decision came after years of conservation work – much of it led by the state – to recover this species. This is a terrific example of why decisions about Wyoming lands and wildlife belong in Wyoming hands. As Governor, I will fight to keep, and return, local decisions to local hands.”

Grizzly bears within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem were removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act in June of 2017, their population has exceeded recovery goals for many years. Hunting will not be allowed in national parks or in the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway. Decisions about hunting on the Wind River Reservation are up to the tribes. For more on today’s decision, visit the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website at https://wgfd.wyo.gov.

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About Mark
Mark Gordon is a rancher, small businessman, and Wyoming’s State Treasurer. He grew up on the family ranch in Johnson County. After graduating from college, 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 and his wife, Jennie Muir Gordon, currently work together, with Jennie handling day to day management of their ranch. They have four grown children, daughters Bea and Anne, son Aaron and his wife Megan, and son Spencer and his wife Sarah.

Serving as Wyoming Treasurer since 2012, Gordon has led a transformation of how the state invests its significant funds. He has focused on growing state investment returns, safeguarding state savings and improving transparency and access to the general public. He has demonstrated the ability to do more with less, leading a small staff to make significant and lasting changes to the state’s investment arm. Gordon grew state investments by over $1 billion last year, delivering the fund’s best performance above the state’s benchmark in ten years. As a result, Wyoming citizens saved $1500 per person in taxes.

Gordon also led efforts to improve transparency surrounding the state’s financial portfolio resulting in Wyoming earning the number one ranking in the United States for transparency among all sovereign funds.

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Mark Gordon is best person for governor

Via Gillette News Record

Let me begin by stating that I am not an overtly political person.

Yes, I have voted in every election and I have always tried to keep abreast of the issues and be an informed constituent. But due to a busy schedule and hectic ranch life, I have sat back and let other people lead the way down the political path.

That changed in 2016 when my husband Doug and I put our names down as write-in candidates for our precinct because we had no one representing us in this area. Imagine my surprise, when a few months later, we received a letter of congratulations informing us we are now the precinct committee people for precinct 7-1.

After the initial shock had worn off, we were determined to do the best job that we could at the new job we now have because this is Wyoming and that is the way we were raised to do things in the Cowboy State.

This past weekend, we had the privilege of representing Campbell County as voting delegates to the Wyoming Republican Convention. What an experience and how humbling to be a part of the process that makes the wheels turn not just in our county, but in our state and ultimately across this great nation.

We dined with our congressional delegation, we listened to speeches from elected officials, we voted on resolutions that are the thread that binds our Republican Party together. It was an amazing event, and we are so glad that we made the effort to be involved in it.

There was also a plethora of stickers, signs, buttons, balloons and lots of people shaking hands and asking for our support for any given elected office. In our opinion, one candidate rose above the rest and he is a man we are proud to lend our support to.

Mark Gordon, current Wyoming state treasurer, is running for governor and is undeniably the best person for the job. He and his wonderful wife Jennie ranch outside of Kaycee. Go to his website “gordonforwyoming.com” and learn more about him. Better yet, come to the Crawfish Boil on April 27th and meet Mark in person. Become involved.

We live in a society where it is easy to criticize one another. Social media has loosed a beast where attacks can flow freely. We armchair quarterback decisions made by our elected officials and espouse how “we” would do this and not do that and what a lousy job those elected folks are doing.

An old Indian saying “Walk a mile in his moccasins” comes to mind. OK, maybe I’m the old Indian who said it, but it’s true. It’s a tough job being an elected official and I have a newfound respect for those folks who put it on the line to serve their county, their state and their country.

We are so blessed to live in Wyoming and the United States and we are proud that we stepped out of our comfort zone to become active in this political process. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

Doug and Charlene Camblin

Republican Committee members, precinct 7-1

Mark Gordon Campaigns in Wyoming

Via KULR 8

KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Cody – Wyoming’s Treasurer, Mark Gordon, said thinking out of the box allowed him to help Wyoming make a billion dollars more income on the state’s investments. Gordon campaigned in Cody Wednesday night, for the first time since he announced his candidacy for governor.

Gordon and his wife Jennie are finishing a tour of every county in the state. The treasurer recently won a Wyoming Supreme Court Ruling, which gives him the right to review and approve contracts in the Capitol Building Restoration Project.

Gordon said he filed the suit for two reasons.

He explained, “One, I wanted to make sure the constitution was protected. And the second was I always wanted to do the best job I could safeguarding Wyoming’s resources.”

Gordon said if he becomes governor, he will not forget Northwest Wyoming. He has spent a lot of time in Park County in recent years. Gordon and his wife Jennie are ranchers from near Buffalo in Johnson County.

Gordon leans on private, public sector experience

Via Cody Enterprise

Mark Gordon wants current and future generations of Wyoming residents to have the same opportunities for success he and his wife have had.

The state treasurer said he’s running for governor to protect those opportunities and he’ll do that via three main points, what he calls his platform of prosperity:

• Getting government to live within its means.

• Getting government out of the way.

• Making sure Wyoming has an education system second to none.

Gordon said both his government experience – he has spent the last six years as treasurer – as well as his varied private sector experiences make him capable of accomplishing those goals. He has experience in each of the state’s top three sectors, including energy, tourism and agriculture.

“They’re all things I’m familiar with intimately,” he said.

But he’s also emphasizing something else as he crisscrosses the state talking with residents – he was in Meeteetse earlier in the day April 4 before heading to Cody – a stop in Powell was up the next day.

“It’s great to have ideas,” he said. “But it’s really important to hear from everyone, learn about their unique challenges.”

Gordon said then his experience can kick in when working through people’s issues to find a solution. Problem-solving is something he’s done in both the public and private spheres.

He grew up on the family ranch in Johnson County. After graduating from college in 1979, he ran several businesses in Buffalo and Sheridan including two focused on outdoor recreation and tourism. He later worked in the oil and gas industry.

He never left the ranching behind, though he said with his current duties in Cheyenne his wife Jennie Muir Gordon is the day-to-day manager at the ranch.

“When I’m up there I ask her what she needs me to do and then go out and do it,” he said of his days away from Cheyenne.

They have a cow-calf operation, breeding Angus-Hereford cross cattle and utilizing no-till methods to produce hay.

Gordon started working in the capitol as the state treasurer in 2012. Emphasizing state investments, he grew state income $1.17 billion in the 2016-17 fiscal year, delivering the funds’ best performance in the past 10 years, he said.

He also noted his efforts to improve transparency in the office, resulting in the state’s financial portfolio in Wyoming being ranked number one in the United States for transparency and third in the world among all sovereign funds.

He even helped organize a gathering of sovereign wealth funds in Jackson from all over the world. Maybe most important, he said income from investments has been either the second or third biggest source of income to state coffers in his years at the post.

Mark Gordon, Candidate for Governor to host meet and greet at the Wort

Via Buckrail

JACKSON, WYO: On March 15th Mark Gordon announced his candidacy for Governor. Buckrail has just received word that he we will be hosting a meet and greet in Jackson on Sunday April 8th from 4:00 – 5:30pm at The Wort Hotel, Silver Dollar Showroom. Gordon hopes to protect conservative values and build a bright future for Wyoming if elected.

About Mark
Mark Gordon 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.

Mark grew up on the family ranch in Johnson County. After graduating from college, 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 and his wife, Jennie Muir Gordon, currently work together, with Jennie handling day to day management of their ranch. They have four grown children, daughters Bea and Anne, son Aaron and his wife Megan, and son Spencer and his wife Sarah.

Treasurer Gordon explains priorities for gubernatorial run

Via The Sheridan Press

SHERIDAN — State Treasurer Mark Gordon visited Sheridan Tuesday night and laid out his platform campaign for governor.

Gordon’s platform highlights three priorities for the state. The first is reducing the size of the state government so that it will “live within its means.” The second priority is to reduce government regulations to attract new businesses to the state and the third is ensuring the state has a strong education system.

Reducing the size of government

 Debates over the size of the state government took center stage during the recent legislative budget session. Gordon said he would have liked to have seen more progress on scaling back the size of government in the budget. Determining where to cut, Gordon said, will require the state to determine which government agencies and services are essential. The state, then, could look to scale back nonessential sections of its government.

“There are some efficiencies you can come to, some technological fixes, but those are on the margin and are not going to completely solve the problem,” Gordon said. “What I think is, is the ability to help to set priorities: what are the things we absolutely need to have versus what are the things that are nice to have?”

State economy

 Gordon said he is hopeful about the ENDOW initiative but noted that Wyoming has made similar efforts throughout its history.

“Every administration there has been an effort to diversify Wyoming’s economy,” Gordon said. “In some of the conversations that were going on when they were discussing the [state] constitution, they were very worried about diversifying the economy — in 1888, 1889, 1890. So it’s been a theme through the ages.”

More recently, he pointed to the Wyoming Futures Initiative the state undertook in the 1980s. Gordon said while the recommendations that initiative forwarded were not adopted, it facilitated important discussions about the future of the state economy.

“The crowning achievement of ENDOW is going to be making sure we have conversations about what our future is going to look like,” Gordon said.

To develop the state’s economy, Gordon said he is primarily concerned with reducing regulations to make the state more business friendly. Doing that, he stressed, would largely depend on how successful the state is in reducing its government to a sustainable size.

“If people look at Wyoming’s budget today… they see it did not get solved this year, it may not be sustainable, they’re going to say ‘how long is that going to last?’” Gordon said. “For the future of Wyoming, that’s what’s critical, is making sure we have a solid basis that looking forward people can say ‘I see they have a path forward that guarantees I’m going to have a low-tax structure and a reliable governmental platform on which to build my business.’ Then you get diversification and then you have an economy that can resist; you’re always going to have booms and busts, that’s commodities, but [a durable economy can] resist the worst of the worst.”

He also stressed that there are significant opportunities presented by emerging technolgies in Wyoming’s more traditional economic sectors, like energy and agriculture. In the energy sector, for instance, Gordon highlighted opportunities carbon fiber technologies can offer. The proposed Ramaco facility in Sheridan County would focus largely on working with carbon fiber, and Gordon said the University of Wyoming is also researching uses for carbon fiber.

State education

 When it comes to education, Gordon said he believes the state needs to consider education on a district-by-district basis. During the recent budget session, Gordon said he thought the Legislature struggled to agree on education funding because it tried to advance “one-size-fits all” cuts to education spending.

“I was on the school board in Johnson County and I can tell you the way we would look at trying to structure that budget would be different than you would see at the statewide level,” Gordon said.

He added, in some cases, the state should consider consolidating school districts going forward.

To increase the amount of money the state puts toward education, Gordon said he would push the state to set aside a piece of the mineral trust fund for education funding.