WYOMING – Governor Mark Gordon announced Buck McVeigh has been named permanent Chief of Staff, and Betsy Anderson will serve as both the Deputy Chief of Staff and General Counsel. Senior Policy Advisor Renny MacKay has also been appointed Policy Director.
Both McVeigh and Anderson had been serving in an acting capacity since the retirement of previous Chief of Staff Pat Arp.
“I’m thrilled that Buck McVeigh has agreed to serve as Chief of Staff and Betsy Anderson has agreed to serve as Deputy,” Governor Gordon said. “They are a dynamic duo with complementary skills that will serve Wyoming well.”
Gordon added McVeigh brings experience and proven leadership, while praising Anderson’s “quiet wisdom.”
Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, McVeigh served as President of the Wyoming Taxpayers Association for five years. McVeigh spent 32 years working for the State of Wyoming, serving under five governors and working in four agencies. A Cheyenne native, McVeigh is a graduate of the University of Wyoming.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve the Governor as Chief of Staff,” McVeigh said. “Our senior leadership team is committed to helping this administration be the very best it can be.”
Anderson has served as General Counsel since Governor Gordon’s inauguration and previously served as General Counsel of the Wyoming State Treasurer’s Office, which she joined in 2004. She started her legal career practicing commercial real estate with Morris, Manning & Martin. Anderson received a B.A. in History from Wake Forest University and a J.D. degree from The University of Georgia School of Law.
“In the six years I have worked with the Governor I have developed an immense respect for his thoughtful decision-making,” Anderson said. “I look forward to continuing my work with Buck and Renny to help achieve great things for our state.”
MacKay served as the Communications Director for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department from 2014-18, and was the Communications Director for Governor Matthew H. Mead from 2011 to 2014. MacKay spent nearly a decade as a journalist covering statewide news for Wyoming Public Radio. He also was the press secretary for Governor Gordon’s Congressional Campaign in 2008.
“Renny brings a wide range of knowledge and experience spanning the unique issues facing Wyoming. His leadership on issues including carbon capture and migration corridors are exactly what this state needs now in a Policy Director,” Governor Gordon said.