State Sen. Dan Dockstader will be president of the Wyoming Senate come February, a seat the late, longtime State Sen. Grant Larson held for two of his 16 years in the upper chamber.

The position is a step up for Dockstader, who previously served as the Senate’s majority floor leader. An Afton Republican, Dockstader represents parts of Wilson and Hoback, as well as broader swaths of Lincoln and Sublette counties.

Dockstader’s election was announced last week, along with the results of other leadership elections and committee appointments ahead of Wyoming’s 2021 general session, which starts Jan. 12.

Democratic Teton County Sen. Mike Gierau, whose district covers Jackson and north into Yellowstone National Park, was elected minority whip.

Rep. Mike Yin, in his second term representing Jackson as a Democrat in the Wyoming House, was elected minority caucus chairman.

Rep. Andy Schwartz, D-Teton, and Rep. Jim Roscoe, an independent who represents Wilson, Hoback and parts of Lincoln and Sublette counties, did not land positions in house leadership but will sit on committees with oversight of the state’s finances. Schwartz will keep his position on the House Appropriations Committee. Roscoe will do the same with his seat on the House Revenue Committee, and will pick up a new seat on the House Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee.

Gierau will likewise keep his seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, as well as taking on a new position on the Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee.

Yin will join Roscoe on the Revenue Committee and serve on the House Judiciary Committee. Both are new committee assignments for Yin.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or

Teton County Reporter

Billy Arnold has covered government and policy since January 2020, sitting through hours of Teton County meetings so readers don't have to. He moonlights as a ski reporter, helps with pandemic coverage and sneaks away to climb when he can.

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