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  Petersen, Leslie
NameLeslie Petersen
Wilson, Wyoming , United States
Website [Link]
Born October 08, 0000 (2017 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Aug 22, 2012 12:32am
InfoLeslie was born in Lovell, Wyoming, where her father was a forest ranger in the Big Horn Mountains. Her parents later moved to Dubois, Wyoming, and acquired the CM Ranch, one of the oldest and best known dude ranches in the West. The family was also in the hunting business with two elk camps and a mountain sheep camp. Leslie grew up working on the family ranch. She graduated from Dubois High School in a class of five and attended the University of Wyoming in 1958-59. She was on the rodeo team and selected for the Spurs honor society.

Leslie moved from the CM Ranch to Jackson in 1975. She served as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Environmental Institute, a bi-partisan Board of prominent Wyoming citizens looking for solutions to environmental issues. The Institute entered into an agreement with Arco Coal, owner of the Thunder Basin Mine in Gillette to oversee the Environmental Impact Statement for the mine and subcontracted with scientists at the University of Wyoming.

In mid-1983, Leslie was appointed to fill a vacancy as a Teton County Commissioner and later elected on the Democratic ticket for a four-year term, serving through 1988. She ran for Teton County’s lone seat in the Wyoming House of Representatives in 1990 and lost to Clarene Law, a Republican businesswoman and developer. Leslie was appointed to the Wyoming Water Development Commission by Governor Sullivan and served for eight years. Governor Herschler appointed her as his Legislative Liaison during the 1981 and 1982 sessions of the legislature. She ran for Secretary of State in 1982 against 20 year incumbent, Thyra Thompson and received 46+ percent of the state-wide vote.

In 1988, Leslie became a licensed realtor and later, a partner in Jackson Hole Realty, the market leader in Jackson Hole real estate. The company was sold to Sotheby’s International Realty in 2003 and she continued at Sotheby’s until retiring from real estate in 2008.

Leslie has a strong interest in conservation and natural resource issues in the west and has chaired the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and the Wyoming Outdoor Council. She has served on the Teton Science School Board, the Rock Springs Grazing Advisory Board, and Wyoming’s Air Quality Advisory Board, among others.

In April 2009, Leslie was elected Chair of the Wyoming Democratic Party. She stepped down in May, 2010 to run for Governor

Leslie’s husband of 34 years is Hank Phibbs, a Jackson attorney and currently Chair of the Teton County Commissioners. One of their sons, Travis Petersen, lives in Jackson with his wife, Kristi, and their other son, Monte Petersen, lives in Colorado. Leslie’s favorite activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, golfing, hiking, biking, gardening, cooking and reading.


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Tue Nov 02 17:49:46 +0000 2010 - Please vote today. I am asking you for support. Call 413-5004 for a ride anywhere and we'll arrange. Poll info http://tinyurl.com/2dgy4hg

Thu Oct 28 19:17:37 +0000 2010 - Barnstorming along. Pinedale and Kemmerer yesterday. Evanston today. Rawlins, Green River, Rock Springs on deck. Friends helping canvass

Mon Oct 25 15:40:57 +0000 2010 - I look forward to meeting with Community College presidents and trustees this afternoon followed by the big Wyo PBS debate at 7:00 PM.

Sun Oct 24 16:14:11 +0000 2010 - Representative Patrick Goggles is sponsoring a reception for state and local candidates tonight at the Wind River Casino in Riverton.

Sun Oct 24 16:13:04 +0000 2010 - Fun in Gillette with Black Thunder Mine tour, reception, charity wine tasting, chili cook off and then to Buffalo for a Meet and Greet.

Sun Oct 17 18:10:53 +0000 2010 - Everything about UW Homecoming was great EXCEPT the game! Now on to Sheridan for multiple events including debate at the college Oct. 18

Fri Oct 08 14:47:20 +0000 2010 - Yesterday, press conference at Capitol, live radio, meeting with Livestock Board, State vet, Dean Galey at UW, Laramie debate LWVoters

Sun Oct 03 18:25:10 +0000 2010 - We wrapped up a tour of Thermopolis, Worland, Basin, Greybull and Lovell late on Friday and now canvassing in Casper with lots of friends

Fri Oct 01 15:02:08 +0000 2010 - Touring the Big Horn Basin in Basin, Greybull, Manderson and ending at the Lovell Homecoming - the town where I was born.

Thu Sep 30 16:09:52 +0000 2010 - Off to Worland for a busy day...

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