John Barrasso

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U.S. Senator

John Barrasso




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the WY-Senate Class I Seat:
(Next election: 6 November 2012)

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Dropped-out: None so far
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On the Web
Official website

John Antony Barrasso, a Republican, has been the junior senator from Wyoming since 2007. He was chosen on June 22, 2007 by Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal to replace Sen. Craig Thomas, who had recently died of leukemia. Barrasso's appointment was temporary, as a special election was to be held in 2008.[1]


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Oil Record

John Barrasso has voted in favor of big oil companies on 100% of important oil related bills, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq War funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and oil import reductions. [2] See below for oil and coal money in politics.

Political views

Barrasso is considered a "conservative" and is "pro-life," although he has changed his position on this issue. He previously ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for the Senate in 1996 for the seat vacated by the moderate Alan Simpson of Cody, an abortion-rights supporter. In 1996, Barrasso characterized himself as "pro-choice." He lost the primary to anti-abortion advocate Mike Enzi. While in the the State Senate, he received an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association.

In his application to fill Thomas' seat in 2007, Barrasso expressed that he would be a conservative voice in Washington. He wrote, "I believe in limited government, lower taxes, less spending, traditional family values, local control and a strong national defense." He said he has "voted for prayer in schools, against gay marriage and [has] sponsored legislation to protect the sanctity of life."[3]


Barrasso graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a bachelor of science degree in 1974. He received his medical degree from Georgetown in 1978. He conducted his residency at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut.

In addition to a private practice, he served as chief of staff of the Wyoming Medical Center, state president of the Wyoming Medical Society, president of the National Association of Physician Broadcasters, and a member of the American Medical Association Council of Ethics and Judicial Affairs.

He also served as a member of the board of directors of "Presidential Classroom," a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that brings young people to Washington to learn about their national government. Barrasso was also a member of the Casper Chamber of Commerce and the Casper Rotary Club.

Barrasso was elected to the Wyoming State Senate in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.

In the State Senate, he served on the following committees:

  • Labor, Health and Social Services Committee
  • Select Committee on Legislative Technology
  • Department of Health Advisory Council
  • NCSL - Labor and Workforce Development
  • NCSL - Transportation
  • CSG West - Trade & Transportation
  • Chairman: Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs

Speculation about 2008 special election

After Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D) appointed Barrasso over former state Treasurer Cynthia Lummis (R) and one-time Craig Thomas Chief of Staff Tom Sansonetti, a former state GOP chairman, many Wyoming Republicans geared for the possibility of challenging Barrasso in the 2008 special election. In his application for the Senate seat, Barrasso already expressed his intention to seek the final four years of Thomas’ term. Ambitious Wyoming Republicans are refusing to rule out challenging either him or Rep. Barbara Cubin in next year’s GOP primaries.

Matt Mead (R), a U.S. attorney who resigned so he could apply for the Senate vacancy, commented "I haven’t ruled anything out yet," hinting that he may make a bid for Barrasso's seat. Mead's grandfather, Clifford Hansen, served the state as governor and Senator.

State Rep. Colin Simpson (R), the Majority Floor Leader of the Wyoming House of Representatives and the son former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), also declined on Tuesday to rule out running for federal office in 2008, even if that means challenging Barrasso or Cubin in a primary.

Cynthia Lummis, one of the choices for Thomas' seat, said in an interview that she would not run against Cubin in a primary, citing her status as a sitting Republican officeholder, but she said she was contemplating a bid against Barrasso because she did not view him as a traditional incumbent. "That is an interim appointment, so that is a different circumstance," she commented.

Democrats also considered running for the seat, as Barrasso would only have served 18 months Election Day 2008. State Sen. Mike Massie, 2002 gubernatorial candidate Paul Hickey and former state Rep. Patrick Hacker all considered a bid.[4]

Money in politics

Oil and Coal Money in Politics

John Barrasso has received $136,400 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $110,500 of those dollars were from industry PACS.[5] These numbers make Barrasso one of the top recipients of oil and coal money in the Senate. In addition to oil money, Barrasso has accepted $82,250 in coal contributions during the 110th congress. $70,000 of those dollars were from industry PACS [6]. See above for oil and energy voting record.

Committees and Affiliations

More Background Data


DC office
  • 307 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-6441 Fax: 202-224-1724
    Webform email
District offices
  • 100 East B Street, Suite 2201, Casper, Wyoming 82602
    Ph: (307) 261-6413 Fax: (none entered)
  • 2120 Capitol Avenue, Suite 2013, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
    Ph: (307) 772-2451 Fax: (none entered)
  • 2632 Foothills Boulevard, #101, Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901
    Ph: (307) 362-5012 Fax: (none entered)
  • 325 West Main, Suite F, Riverton, Wyoming 82501
    Ph: (307) 856-6642 Fax: (none entered)
  • 2 North Main, Suite 206, Sheridan, Wyoming 82801
    Ph: (307) 672-6456 Fax: (none entered)
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Campaign office
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Articles and resources

See also


  1. Bob Moen. "Wyoming governor appoints GOP state Sen. John Barrasso to replace late U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas," Associated Press, (via Union Tribute). June 22, 2007.
  2. Vote Tracker
  3. Bob Moen. "Wyoming governor appoints GOP state Sen. John Barrasso to replace late U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas," Associated Press, (via Union Tribute). June 22, 2007.
  4. David M. Drucker. "Wyoming Political Scene Still Unsettled," Roll Call. June 27, 2007.
  5. Follow the Oil Money-Senate
  6. Vote Tracker

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