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.