SECOND AND THIRD FLOORS
SECOND AND THIRD FLOORS
The House Chamber is on the East Wing and the Senate Chamber is on the West Wing. Both wings were completed in March 1917. The two oil paintings in the House and Senate on the second floor were done by William Gollings who has many paintings featured in the Whitney Gallery of Western Art in Cody, Wyoming.
Wyoming currently has 30 Senators, who are elected for a four year term. They must be 25 years old to run, a resident of Wyoming, and a U.S. citizen. The first woman to serve in the Senate was Dora McGrath of Hot Springs County in 1930. The Governor’s appointments are confirmed by the Senate. The Senate serves as the Court of impeachment of state and judicial officers except the justices of the peace after charges are brought by the House.
Wyoming currently has 60 represenatives. The first woman to serve in the House was Mary Bellamy of Albany County in 1910. Two women have served as Speaker of the House. The first was Edness Kimball Wilkins in 1966 and the second was Verda James in 1969 both of Natrona County. Representatives come from the state’s 23 counties and are elected to a two year term. They must live in the county for at least 12 months. The number of members is controlled by legislative appointment. The number is never to be less than two or more than three times the members of the Senate. The House has the sole power of impeachment of state and judicial officers except justices of the peace. All revenue bills must originate in the House.
Wyoming’s first legislative session was held in October 1869. The Tenth Legislature was the first to convene in the Capitol in 1888, and the First State legislature convened in November 1890.
The general legislative session begins in January on the odd-numbered years and goes for 40 days. The budget session begins in February on the even-numbered years and goes for 20 days.
In 2001, the desks for the House and Senate were replaced with oak desks and granite tops. The granite is from a quarry in Albany County and the desks were made by a company in Lander, Wyoming.
Allen Tupper True Murals
Located in the House and Senate chambers are eight murals, four in each side. The murals were painted by Allen True of Denver. On the House side you will see the Homesteaders, Trappers, Cattlemen, and the Stagecoach. On the Senate side you will see the Indian Chief, Calvary Officer, Pony Express Rider, and the Railroad and Surveyor Builders. True was contracted to paint them in August 1917 for a price of $500.00 each. Allen True also designed the Bucking Horse logo that's on the Wyoming license plates in 1936.
Stained Glass Ceilings
The ceilings for both House and Senate chambers are inlaid with beautiful Tiffany-style glass and the Wyoming State Seal is prominently displayed in the center.
The balconies are usually open for visitors at all times. You can see the Corinthian architecture here, which the columns graphically depict.
Legislative Conference Room 302
Room 302 is located in the center of the third floor. As you enter the room, notice the ornate and uniquely designed hinges. Installed during the construction of the Capitol in 1887, their beauty and craftsmanship add to the handsome cherry wood doors all along the third floor. The cherry wood was brought out from Ohio by train.
A 1,000 pound Tiffany-style chandelier hangs beneath a beautiful four pane stained glass ceiling insert.
The 8’ by 22’ mural painted by artist Mike Kopriva in 1980, a Wyoming native dominates the north wall. The painting is entitled “Wyoming, the Land the People”.
Hanging on the south wall of Room 302 are five paintings done by Winfield Aldrich who was a member of the U.S. Army, posted to Fort Fetterman, Wyoming Territory 1869. The paintings are of a skirmish with the Sioux Indians in July 17, 1869. There is a narrative description on the back of the paintings which Aldrich completed years later from memory.
Wyoming Legislature Composite Narratives
Enjoy this collection of the Cowboy State's legislative history and your visit to the Wyoming State Capitol.
Legislature Composite Narratives