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Kinskey Won’t Seek Re-Election to Wyoming Senate

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Wyoming State Senator Dave Kinskey announced that he will not seek re-election for another term in the Senate. Kinskey said that after two decades of public elected service, 10 as the Mayor of Sheridan and the past 10 as Senator for District 22, which encompasses both Sheridan and Johnson counties, it was time to step back from elected office and turn to what other journeys life has to offer. Senator Kinskey said one of the things he’s most proud of after his time in the Senate is helping jump start career technical education in Wyoming.

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Kinskey said he reached the decision to not seek another term last September.

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As far as what’s next after 20 years of service?

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Kinskey said that serving the people of Sheridan and Johnson counties has been of the greatest honors of his life and he is deeply grateful for the trust and support shown to him over the years.  You can read Senator Kinskey’s announcement letter in its entirety below:


Twenty years ago, I entered public elected service when I determined to run for Mayor of Sheridan, Wyoming. I felt then that building an excellent job base, and diversifying our economy, had for too long been a dream, and needed to become a reality.

It was my great pleasure to serve as Mayor for a decade, having been elected three times. I felt we enjoyed success in the work of building a robust local economy. Hundreds of jobs were lost when the sawmill closed, and as the energy industry shed workers. All those jobs – and more – have been made up by the resurgence of manufacturing in Sheridan.

Subsequently came the opportunity to serve in the Wyoming Senate, representing both Johnson and Sheridan counties.  I did so with the same passion and enthusiasm I brought to City Hall and have done so for a decade.

My commitment to service is total. The jobs as Mayor, and as Senator, have been nearly all-consuming.  Now, after two decades of service, I feel it is time to step back from elected office and turn to what other journeys life may offer.

I am blessed with a wonderful marriage of 48 years to my wife, Donna. I am likewise blessed with three adult children, each hard working and uniquely interesting, and with whom we have a great relationship.  We are blessed with four adorable grandchildren. The prospect of enjoying more time with family is one that I relish.

Serving the people of Sheridan and Johnson counties has been one of the greatest honors of my life, and I am deeply grateful for the trust and support shown me over the years.

I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated staff I had at City Hall and the legislative service office, as well as to my City Council and Senate colleagues.  My thanks go out also to the many volunteers and supporters who have worked tirelessly alongside me. Together, we have accomplished much, and I am proud of the progress we have made.

I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity of public service. I will always cherish the memories and relationships formed during my time in the office.

I want to assure you that my commitment to serving our community remains steadfast. While I may not be seeking re-election, I will continue to advocate for the issues that matter most to our constituents and work towards the betterment of our state in whatever capacity I can.

Thank you for allowing me to represent you in the Senate and as Mayor. It has been a privilege and an honor.



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    Pat Blair

    April 11, 2024 at 5:36 am

    Thank you, Dave, for your service to your communities and your constituents.

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    Amy Kinskey Brinkerhoff

    April 11, 2024 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks for making Mom and Dad proud!

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    Dennis Fox

    April 11, 2024 at 8:24 pm

    So he decides last September that he will retire, but waits until three weeks before filing opens to tell us. Gee thanks.

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