The Wyoming State Legislature
is the legislative branch
of the U.S. State
. It is a bicameral state legislature
, consisting of a 60 member Wyoming House of Representatives
, and a 30 member Wyoming Senate
. The legislature meets at the Wyoming State Capitol
. There are no term limits for either chamber.
The Wyoming State Legislature began like other Western states
as a territorial legislature, with nearly (though with not all) the parliamentary regulations that guide other fully-fledged state legislatures
During its territorial era, the Wyoming Legislature played a crucial role in the Suffragette Movement in the United States
. In 1869, only four years following the American Civil War
, and another 35 years before women's suffrage became a highly visible political issue in both the U.S.
and elsewhere, the Wyoming Legislature granted all women above the age of 21 the right to vote. The legislature's move made Wyoming the first portion of the U.S. where women were explicitly granted the voting franchise. News spread quickly to other neighboring territories and states. In 1870, the Utah Territorial Legislature
similarly granted the voting franchise to women.
The move by the legislature was motivated by a number of factors, including bringing Eastern
women to the territory to increase its population (it has consistently been among the least-populated states in America), to publicize the new territory, to bring more voters... Read More