Citizen of the West

January 9, 2023

What is a Citizen of the West?

Each year a Citizen of the West is selected from community leaders who exemplify the spirit and determination of a western pioneer. These modern-day pioneers are honored for their economic and philanthropic endeavors in the West.

2023 Event Information

Date: January 9, 2023

Cocktail Reception: 5pm | Program: 7pm

Location: Events Center, NW Complex

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Ashley Fischietto, Event Manager

Governor Matthew "Matt" Mead, 44th Citizen of the West

Governor Matthew Mead

As former Governor of Wyoming and United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming, Matt Mead has established himself as a leader in representing his constituents, defending the law, managing business, and protecting the rights of residents of the Rocky Mountain Region. From his origins growing up on a ranch to supporting the citizens of Wyoming, his aspirations have always been to improve the lives of his fellow Americans and to preserve Western Culture and Values.

Born in Jackson, Wyoming, Matt was raised on the family ranch in Teton County.  After graduating from high school, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and a law degree from the University of Wyoming. Matt began his career as Assistant County Attorney in Campbell County, Wyoming.  He subsequently held positions as the Assistant U.S. Attorney, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Special Assistant State Attorney General, U.S. Attorney General’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming, appointed by President George W. Bush, along with being in private practice throughout the years.

Matt’s great-grandparents homesteaded in Jackson Hole in the late 1800s.  His great-grandfather was a Wyoming State Senator, his mother ran for Governor of Wyoming, and his grandfather, Cliff Hansen, was Governor of Wyoming as well as a United States Senator. Cliff Hansen was honored as the Citizen of the West in 1996.

After serving his two terms as Governor, Matt went back to co-managing Mead Land and Livestock and XDIAMOND Development with his wife, Carol Mintzer Mead. He is currently a Partner at Hathaway and Kunz, a law firm in Cheyenne, along with running the cattle ranch in Albany County, Wyoming.

Matt and Carol Mead have been married for 31 years and have raised two children, Mary Mead and Pete Mead, who both reside in Wyoming.

His connection to the National Western Stock Show is a long-standing Mead family tradition. Each year his extended family meets in Denver to attend the National Western Stock Show. They love seeing the livestock, enjoying the fun array of food, and celebrating family and Western culture. Being named this year’s Citizen of the West is a truly special honor for him.

Matt exemplifies servitude, Western principles, and a passion for creating a better future for his fellow citizens. He is truly an outstanding example of Western Values.

Please join us in honoring Governor Matt Mead as the 2023 Citizen of the West.