CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has appointed Kate Barlow as agriculture policy advisor after previous advisor Joe Budd departed to attend law school, the governor’s office announced Monday.
Barlow is a Wyoming native who previously serviced as lead agriculture policy advisor for Wyoming’s U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis. She also served in this role under former Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi.
“I’m thrilled to bring Kate’s breadth of knowledge on natural resource issues and deep ties to Wyoming’s agriculture communities to our office,” Gordon said in Monday’s press release. “Her understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing our producers has earned the respect of those working in agriculture, and will benefit all Wyoming citizens.”
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Barlow grew up on a ranch near Gillette and earned a juris degree with honors from the University of Wyoming.
“She served as Senator Lummis’s lead policy advisor on agriculture, food safety, trade, judiciary, labor, social issues and Indian affairs,” Gordon’s office said. “Previously, she advised Senator Enzi on agriculture, trade and judiciary issues. She was the Senator’s Finance Committee advisor for the passage of the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA), reviewed and vetted all judicial nominations and provided advice on legislative strategy.”
Barlow said in the press release that she is “excited to join the governor’s team and [looks] forward to working hard for the State of Wyoming.”