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CHEYENNE — Mark Gordon took the oath of office Thursday to become Wyoming treasurer.
Wyoming Supreme Court Justice William Hill administered the oath to Gordon, 55, in a ceremony at the state Capitol in Cheyenne. Gordon’s wife, Jennie Gordon, stood by as he took the oath with his hand on his personal Bible.
Gov. Matt Mead selected Gordon last week from among three finalists selected by the Wyoming Republican Party. Gordon succeeds former Treasurer Joe Meyer, who died in early October.
Gordon said after the ceremony that Meyer assembled a great staff in the Treasurer’s Office. Gordon said he looks forward to working with them and with other statewide elected officials.
“I’ll never be able to fill Joe Meyer’s shoes,” Gordon said, adding that Meyer was almost synonymous with Wyoming. Meyer had served as state attorney general and secretary of state before being elected to the treasurer’s post first in 2006 and then re-elected in 2010.
“It’s going to be a huge flood of information and a lot to work with, but I’m really looking forward to it,” Gordon said. He said being appointed gives him less time to prepare for the office than he would have if he had won the office through a conventional election campaign but he said he believes he’s prepared for it.
Gordon, a rancher from the town of Buffalo, recently resigned from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, where he served as a non-banking board member. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 as a Republican.
“The work I did there gave me a real acquaintance with the national economy, gave me a sense of where things are going internationally,” Gordon said of his time at the Federal Reserve bank. He said he’s committed to running for the treasurer’s office in 2014 and hasn’t considered his options after that.
Gordon said it’s most important to get the treasurer’s position well-coordinated and able to work with the Legislature.
“That’s my sense. I really want to work hard to make sure this office does as well as it can. I will run for treasurer again, it needs the continuity. I haven’t thought of anything beyond that,” he said.
The Treasurer’s Office oversees roughly $15 billion in Wyoming’s investments from taxes on energy production and other sources. As energy revenues have lagged in recent years, the state has come to rely increasingly on income from its investments to augment spending.