Mary Throne is a current candidate for Governor of the U.S. state of Wyoming. She represented House District 11 in the Wyoming Legislature for ten years, serving as Minority Floor Leader from 2012-2016 and Minority Whip from 2010 to 2012. During her tenure she successfully sponsored 19 pieces of legislation, despite always being in the Minority party. As a result, she earned a reputation as a problem solver who could bring together people from different political perspectives. Known both for her expertise on energy and education issues, she also encouraged women to run for office as the co-chair of the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus. As an experienced female politician, she will offer advice on strategy and politics to female politicians in Fempo’s African network. Mary Throne studied history at Princeton University and then earned her law degree at Columbia Law School.
In her own words:
Wyoming is called the “Equality State” because we were the first jurisdiction in the world to give women the right to vote in 1869. Wyoming had the first woman governor in the United States in 1925. We are rightly proud of this history, but even here there is much work to be done. We have never had another woman governor and Wyoming now has the lowest number of women in the Legislature in the country. And this needs to change because the presence of female voices in any deliberative body leads better policies for the whole community.