Matthew Hansen "Matt" Mead (born March 11, 1962), is the 32nd Governor of Wyoming. Mead is the son of Peter Mead and Mary Hansen Mead (1935-1996), the GOP gubernatorial nominee in 1990, and the grandson of the late Governor and U.S. Senator Clifford P. Hansen. Mary Mead, considered an expert horsewoman, was killed in a horseback accident while working cattle in Grand Teton National Park. Mead grew up in Wyoming. He has an older brother, Bradford Scott "Brad" Mead, a Jackson attorney, and an older sister, Muffy Mead-Ferro of Salt Lake City, Utah, the author of Confessions of a Slacker Mom. Mead is a former United States Attorney based in the capital city of Cheyenne. He served under appointment of U.S. President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2007. In 2007, Mead resigned as U.S. Attorney to seek the seat vacated by the death of fellow Republican Craig L. Thomas. His resignation was required under the Hatch Act of 1939. He lost in the Republican State Central Committee by fourteen votes on the third ballot from being one of the three candidates from which Democratic Governor Dave Freudenthal could make his selection. Freudenthal chose state Senator John Barrasso of Casper. In the election held on November 2, 2010, Mead handily defeated Leslie Petersen, the former chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party. Mead won the Republican gubernatorial primary with 30,272 votes, having defeated State Auditor Rita Meyer, who polled 29,558 votes. The Fort Bridger rancher, Ron Micheli, finished in a strong third position with 27,592 votes. State House Speaker Colin M. Simpson trailed in fourth place with 16,673 votes. Mead is married to the former Carol L. Mintzer (born ca. 1965), and the couple has two children.
May 27th, 2011