U.S. Senator John Barrasso
Throughout Wyoming’s history, serving in the U.S. Senate has meant standing tall among a distinguished line of frontier statesmen. From Senators Cliff Hansen to Milward Simpson, Francis E. Warren to Alan Simpson and Malcolm Wallop, Joe Carey to Craig Thomas, each one served the Cowboy State as strong, independent, thoughtful leaders, fighting for Wyoming’s best future.
John Barrasso is Wyoming’s newest U.S. Senator to join the state’s rich legacy of public service.
On June 25, 2007 Wyoming’s own Vice President Dick Cheney swore John Barrasso into the U.S. Senate after the passing of Craig Thomas.
An orthopedic surgeon based in Casper, John Barrasso served patients for nearly 25 years, including in the position of chief of staff for the Wyoming Medical Center. At the time of his appointment, Barrasso was most notably known around Wyoming as “Wyoming’s Doctor” through dedicated years of public service informing families in newspaper columns and television reports about important health information. In addition to his official duties as a surgeon, Barrasso has for over 20 years been the local host for the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and as Medical Director of the Wyoming Health Fairs.
Prior to his appointment to the U.S. Senate, Barrasso served Wyoming in the State Senate for Natrona County from 2003– 2007, eventually chairing the Senate Transportation, Highways, and Military Affairs Committee.
In the United States Senate Barrasso upheld a 100-year Wyoming tradition of serving on the Senate Energy Committee as well as being a member of the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Indian Affairs Committees.
Good government, fiscal responsibility, strong leadership for Wyoming’s energy future and Wyoming’s western heritage are among Barrasso’s top priorities.
Conservative and dedicated to sportsmen rights, Barrasso earned an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, was named Wyoming Physician of the Year, earned the Medal of Excellence for his work with the Wyoming National Guard, and the Legislative Service Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for his work on behalf of Wyoming veterans.
Barrasso has three children – Peter and Emma both in college, and Hadley in high school. He and his wife Bobbi make their home in Casper.
John A. Barrasso, Republican, of Casper, Wyoming; born July 21, 1952; married to his wife Bobbi; education: B.S., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1974; M.D., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1978; professional: Casper Orthopedic Associates, 1983- 2007; Chief of Staff, Wyoming Medical Center; President, Wyoming Medical Society; President, National Association of Physician Broadcasters; member, Wyoming State Senate, 2003-2007; children: Peter and Emma; appointed on June 22, 2007 to the 110th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator Craig Thomas.