Robert Short officially filed Wednesday for the U.S. Senate.
A Republican who grew up in Glenrock, Short said COVID-19 has impacted his ability to travel the state and share his thoughts and ideas, but he looked forward to directly meeting with voters across the state in the coming weeks and months.
Short said he learned the value of the dollar at age 12 by working on the Duncan Ranch, was proficient by age 15 at helping to provide his family with wild game for the nightly dinner and by age 16 was working during the summer months as a roustabout in the oil patch.
He graduated from Glenrock High School in 1980 then, as employment opportunities began disappearing, in 1984 went to Denver to pursue an education in computer science and electrical engineering at the Denver Institute of Technology.
Short later worked in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance then, in 2005 with his wife, Janella, and their children, returned to Wyoming and started a fiber optic construction business.
He was elected to two terms on the Converse County commission and is chairman of the board of the Converse Hope Center, which assists those in crisis and provides help for those who experience domestic violence.
He also is chairman of the Wyoming County Commission Association Committee on Energy and Environment.