Wyoming Democrats have been in the legislative minority for a long time, but it’s been really tough lately. Only eight of the 60 Wyoming Representatives are Democrats and only four reside in the Senate. While the party has hopes of grabbing a few more seats this year, there are not enough candidates to make serious gains. The problem started back in 1991.
Former State Representative Matilda Hansen fondly remembers her days as a Democratic Lawmaker. When she entered the House in 1975 she had a lot of friends in the room.
Wyoming Democrats say they were mostly pleased with the governor’s State of the State message. But while they agree the state should be cautious with spending, they don’t favor reductions. House Minority Floor Leader Pat Goggles wishes Gov. Mead had spent more time on worker safety. Goggles says it is time get serious about the situation.
“We’d like to see more positions in compliance in terms of worker safety and work to change the culture of safety,” says Goggles.