CHEYENNE, Wyo. — In a brief ceremony in the state Capitol rotunda Thursday, Mark Gordon was sworn in as Wyoming's new state treasurer.
Wyoming Supreme Court Justice William Hill administered the oath of office to Gordon.
The 55-year-old rancher and businessman from Buffalo succeeds Joe Meyer, who died of cancer in early October, nearly midway through his second term.
Gov. Matt Mead appointed Gordon to the post on Oct. 26, selecting him over two other candidates nominated by the Wyoming Republican Party Central Committee.
Gordon said no one could replace Meyer, who was a friend and mentor.
He said Meyer's staff is second to none and he feels honored to work with them and the other elected state officials.
Gordon also said he will be a candidate for election to the treasurer’s office in 2014.
As treasurer, Gordon will serve on eight state boards and commissions, including the State Board of Land Commissioners, the State Loan and Investment Board and the Wyoming Retirement Board.
Before putting his name in for the treasurer's appointment, Gordon resigned from the Federal Reserve Bank board in Kansas City, where he had served as a nonbanking member since 2009.
Gordon said the position acquainted him with the national economy and gave him a sense of the international economy as well.
"I hope that will help guide me forward in this process," he said during a meeting with reporters after Thursday's ceremony.
Gordon said he also has been involved in Wyoming issues in various positions, including a stint on the school board.
"I think I have a head start," he added.
Gordon has been on the move since receiving a call from Mead late in the afternoon on Oct. 26. The following day he went to Laramie and met with members of Wyoming's congressional delegation. On Monday, he was in the treasurer's office looking over the state's $15 billion portfolio.
"I'll never be able to fill Joe Meyer's shoes, but it's an opportunity to ride drag for Joe, following in behind him," Gordon said.
Gordon was a candidate for the U.S. House in 2008 but lost the Republican primary to Cynthia Lummis, who was subsequently elected to Wyoming's single seat in Congress.
He and his wife, Jenny, own the Merlin Ranch east of Buffalo.
Gordon is also a partner in the 48 Ranch Partnership in Kaycee. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council, the Wyoming Council of the Humanities, the Ucross Foundation and the Wyoming chapter of The Nature Conservancy.