Senate President Dockstader Clarifies He Was Not Attacked by House Members

During a light minute on the floor of the Wyoming State Senate on Monday, President Dockstader explained that the mark on his forehead was not because he was attacked by members of the House.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

March 08, 20212 min read

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

If you were attending the proceedings of the Wyoming State Senate on Monday morning, you may have thought from a distance that Mikhail Gorbachev was in charge.

Not because of any policy discussion he was leading but because of the mysterious spot on his forehead that looked strikingly similar to that of the former leader of the Soviet Union.

It turns out that the senate was not overrun by the Russian Army but rather Senate President Don Dockstader was just involved in an accident with his garage door.

Natrona County Sen. Bill Landen, R-Casper, was curious about the mark and asked Dockstader if he got in an altercation with members of the Wyoming House.

“Mr. President, I know you had a meeting on Friday after many of us had left and you were headed down to the House. I just want to apologize for whatever happened to you,” Landen said, drawing laughs from the chamber.

“If you need us to go down there and do some light work, I’ll grab some of these big old boys and head down there,” he said.

Not missing a beat, Dockstader laughed and said he would appreciate an escort the next time he goes to the House.

Then he explained what really happened.

He said his garage door wasn’t fully up and while he was moving some things around in his garage, he walked into said garage door “at full speed”

“You’ll get to enjoy this look for the week,” he said to laughter.

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

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