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Former Wyoming Governor Matt Mead joins Cheyenne law firm

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Former Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has joined a Cheyenne law firm as a partner, the firm announced Thursday.

Mead, a Republican who served two terms as Wyoming’s governor, has joined the law firm of Hathaway & Kunz.

The firm, in a news release, said Mead would continue his work to diversify Wyoming’s economy by bringing new business and opportunity to the state while providing advice to the firm’s clients on business, energy, natural resources and environmental issues.

“As the Wyoming legal landscape continues to advance on subjects such as energy, technology and business development, I look forward to working with the firm’s clients facing cutting-edge and complex legal issues,” Mead said in the news release. 

“The expansion and diversification of Wyoming’s economy and the success of businesses operating here is of great interest to me. I am excited to work on issues important to Wyoming’s future economic well-being,” he said.

Mead, the grandson of former Wyoming Gov. Cliff Hansen, served as Wyoming’s U.S. attorney from 2001 to 2007. In 2010, he won election to the first of his two terms as governor.

Rick Thompson, a senior partner in Hathaway & Kunz, said Mead’s expertise in the areas of energy, the environment and economic development would make him a valuable addition to the firm.

“In his lengthy tenure of government service to the citizens of Wyoming, Governor Mead gained enormous insight into all facets of natural resources, technology advancement, business development and other opportunities to improve the lives of Wyoming citizens,” Thompson said. “He will be a great fit for this firm and the services we provide.”

Former Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal Portrait Unveiled

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Former Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal has joined fellow past governors in being honored with a portrait to be hung on the wall of the Capitol.

The official portrait of Wyoming’s 31st governor was unveiled in front of a crowd of about 200 people during ceremonies in the Capitol on Friday.

Freudenthal, who served two terms as governor, from 2003 through 2010, was alternately praised and roasted by other officials who attended the event, including former Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Sen. John Barrasso.

Mead noted that Freudenthal, a Democrat, was hesitant to have his portrait painted by artist Michele Rushworth.

Mead recalled that at one point, Freudenthal said no portrait should be painted of him until after his death.

“I know you’ve said in the past ‘Wait ’til I’m dead,’” Mead said. “And when he said that to me, I said, without thinking, ‘What’s the difference?’”

Freudenthal’s wife, U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal, said she finally convinced her husband to sit for the painting.

“I told him that it would happen one way or another and that he wasn’t getting any better looking,” she said.

Freudenthal thanked members of the crowd, who also included former Gov. Mike Sullivan, for attending the unveiling and urged them to recognize the good that they do.

“We thank the Lord for having given us the opportunity and for having given us you for friends and for having given us this family,” he said. “We would ask that you appreciate what you do. It’s kind of you to come and appreciate what we do. But take stock of yourself. You do wonderful things. Be proud of it.”

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